Beekeeping Workshops

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.

  • Jul 16, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
    CBA Boulder Knoll Bee Yard, 875 Boulder Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA
    This workshop will discuss advantages of the single brood chamber. The single brood box management of honey bees bases its entire function in one box for the queen and then supering for honey, for mite control, swarm management, and honey production.
  • Aug 13, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
    CBA Boulder Knoll Bee Yard, 875 Boulder Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA
    This workshop uses observational beekeeping methods to consider bee health, honey storage, queen productivity, mite management, brood chamber size, diseases, and more.
  • Sep 10, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
    CBA Boulder Knoll Bee Yard, 875 Boulder Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA
    This workshop will consider colony size, determine if the honey stores are sufficient and if not, how to quickly correct a problem, varroa treatments, and what to do for insulating the hive. Some discussion on the myths of hive ventilation will happen.