Beekeeping School

Stone Barns Center is partnering with the Melisseus Honey Bee Research and Education Initiative to present the fifth year of Beekeeping School.

From April 5 through October 18, students will participate in 14 2-hour workshops that follow the establishment of colonies of honeybees over the course of the growing season. Each workshop consists of an hour-long lecture pertaining to one particular aspect of beekeeping followed by a one-hour practice session working with live bees in a small apiary set up by the students. Workshops are held every two to three weeks throughout the summer and will be co-taught by Maggie Schwed from Stone Barns Center and D. J. Haverkamp from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service.

Protective hooded bee jackets, hive tools and smokers will be provided for each participant to use during the workshops.

Farmer or hobbyist; if you already have bees but want to learn more; or if you are considering keeping bees and want to explore the details before you do, Beekeeping School may be right for you.

When and Where
Beekeeping School offers two sessions, April 5 through October 18:

- Saturdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY.

- Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY. 

Participants should register for their preferred session but will be allowed to attend workshops in either session if there are scheduling conflicts. The exact same workshops are presented at both sites.

$200 for 14 workshops, sold as a complete series

Class size will be limited, so sign up early.


Beekeeping School is co-sponsored by the John Jay Historic Site, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and the Melisseus Honeybee Research and Education Initiative.