We partner with Boulder Knoll Community Farm in offering hands-on beekeeping workshops from March through September. The first and only apiary workshops conducted on a CSA farm site in Connecticut, these focus on best practices in maintaining healthy colonies in Langstroth hives, with particular attention to the monitoring of honey bee pests and diseases.
Want to learn beekeeping skills? Attend a workshop.
Onsite Training and Hands-on Beekeeping Activities
Our workshops are open to the public and donations are accepted at the apiary site. Boulder Knoll Community Farm is located at 875 Boulder Rd, in Cheshire, CT. Because of the popularity of our March and April programs, particularly to new beekeepers, we offer two sessions of instruction and pre-registration is required. The remaining workshops are conducted in one early morning session.
Please register to attend workshops
Appropriate attire is necessary: long trousers and long sleeves. Veils will be provided, or bring your bee suit. The workshops are weather dependent and dates/times are subject to change. Check this page for changes or cancellations prior to attending.
Led by Bill Hesbach
Bill is an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper, graduate of the University of Montana's master beekeeping program, and president of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association. He teaches bee biology and various beekeeping methods, and appears as a guest speaker at local and regional beekeeping seminars. Bill has been published in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal, and was presented the Distinguished Speaker Award at the 2019 EAS conference. Special interests include bee biology and flight, and the connection between local flora and bee behavior.