Beekeeper Training Program

Beekeeper Training Program 2022

 Registration is closed for this event
Space is very limited! Register early.


Our Beekeeper Training Program participants learn under the supervision of our beekeeper, Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries. Over the course of the two year program, participants will work side by side with Mark and other program participants to learn all aspects of keeping bees. At the end of year one, each participant will have the option of receiving a bee colony to be moved to their home property. During the second year, participants will benefit from repetition of some aspects of the program, learn more advanced techniques and troubleshooting while managing their own hive at home.  

This program begins with three online classroom sessions in January, February, and March, and then continues through October with hands-on and in the the field inspections of the several hive stands present at Horn Farm. Participants will follow current Covid-19 mask and distance requirements for all sessions.

Program Fee: $750 ($500 year one, $250 year two) - Payment plan is available.

Program details/requirements:
*Applicant must not have an allergy to bees (Yes, you will get stung).
*A general understanding and basic knowledge of beekeeping is helpful, but not required. Foundational information will be covered in the classroom sessions.
*Year One participants will be responsible for purchasing their own safety equipment and woodenware (Hives/Boxes). Guidance on what to purchase occurs within the class sessions.

The schedule and content for the program is as follows - sessions occur rain or shine:

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Meet / Greet / Program Overview

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Honeybee Anatomy

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Parts of the Hive / Beekeeping Methodology

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Classroom / Open Hive Inspection

Saturday, May 14, 2022

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Open Hive Inspection

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Open Hive Inspection

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Open Hive Inspection

No August Session



Wednesday, August 31, 2022

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Open Hive Inspection - Fall Preparation – Move In Day

Saturday, October 8, 2022

7:30 AM

Take Bees Home


Horn Farm Center Health and Safety Policy

The Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications due to COVID-19. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, the Horn Farm Center if following current CDC Guidelines. Please contact us at for questions or concerns.

January 19th, 2022 6:00 PM through October 8th, 2022 7:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
Beekeeper Program (2022 1st Year Participants) $500.00
Beekeeper Program ($100 Deposit) $100.00
Beekeeper Program (2021 2nd Year Participants) $250.00