SOLD OUT for 2018

Contact to be added to our waiting list or to pre-register for 2019.

Gotta bug for beekeeping?

Join Radical Homestead for a full season of hands-on beekeeping. Our program offers tons of hands-on learning to take you from the sidelines to become a competent and confident beekeeper.  Our program includes:

  • 6 structured classes (30+ hours, mostly in the bee yard) throughout the season
  • Weekly evening or weekend hands-on sessions with the bees (optional)
  • Beekeeping manual and handouts included
  • Small class size for an intimate experience with the bees, one-on-one instructor attention, and community building with fellow students
  • Tailored instruction and ongoing support in-person, telephone, and/or email
  • Ideal for those wanting to start keeping bees this year or next
  • Convenient options to purchase bees

Program outlineRH-students-looking

  • Day 1 – Bees and Beekeeping Basics – April
  • Day 2 – Getting Started and Spring Management – May
  • Bonus – Hands-On Field Days – May through September
  • Day 3 – Swarms and Swarm Management – June
  • Day 4 – Honey Harvest and Processing – July
  • Day 5 – One on One Personalized Hive Inspection Training – August
  • Day 6 – Fall management, feeding, treatment options, winter preparation – September
  • Day 7 – Winter Is Coming! Hive wraps, processing wax, candles and salves – October

Times and location

Classes are held about once a month on Fridays or Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Just Food Farm in Blackburn Hamlet.

Additional hands-on training during evenings and weekends.

Day 1 introductory class will be held at our home near the Rideau Tennis Club and half of Day 7 will be at a nearby location for the candle making workshop.

All sites are accessible via public transportation. Carpooling can be arranged upon request.


  • Honey tastings including honeys from around the world
  • Take home honey sample extracted from the year’s harvest
  • Special guests (guest mentors, candle makers, etc.)
  • A visit to student’s current or future apiary (within reasonable travel) where the instructor will advise on the design of their potential bee yard or help with specified beekeeping tasks
  • Don’t have land? Participants who have completed this program may have the opportunity to care for several hives at our site under our guidance the following years.

Who should take this program?20140608_152407

This program is designed for beginners, new beekeepers, or anyone who want to learn more about bees, beekeeping, and gain experience in the bee yard.

The program will include a mix of assigned readings, in-class learning, discussion, and lots of hands-on learning.

A variety of hive types and equipment are used to demonstrate different management styles. Natural and low-tech methods, and integrated pest management will be the focus.

Engaged students should gain enough knowledge and experience to manage their own bees with confidence.


Participants are expected to have a serious interest in beekeeping and have already done some of their own research leading up to the course.

Lunch is not provided. Students should pack a lunch and water. A grocery store and several fast food services are within a 10 minute drive from the apiary.2015-sept-tbh-ron

Participants are expected to have their own bee suit/veil. Veils are available on loan. Options will be discussed and demonstrated on Day 1 so you can determine what suits you best.

For biosecurity reasons, tools and gloves will be provided. If you wish to have your own designated gloves, you can purchase your own but they must remain on site.

Epipens and allergy medications are encouraged to have on hand.

Participants do not need to have their own bee hives. Some students choose to get hives individually or as a group with other students while participating in this program.

Program Cost

Program sold out for 2018.

Work Exchange Opportunitiesrh-beekeepers-class-of-2016

Work can be done (around the bee yard, in the honey house, at the market, or during public demonstrations) in exchange for partially reduced program fees or take home honey.

Please note that helping with bee hive inspections and maintenance is not included as work exchange unless we explicitly ask. The work exchange is designed to help those with less financial freedom.

Registration (SOLD OUT for 2018)

Contact for the full detailed program outline and registration or for private instruction.

A $100 deposit will be required to secure your spot. This program fills up fast!

Looking forward to seeing you in the bee yard.
Ron and Corrie