Are you curious about beekeeping?

Becoming a backyard beekeeper can be a fun hobby whether you want to keep honey bees for the delicious fresh honey they produce, or for their services as pollinators for your flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, or perhaps just for the fun of learning about a most interesting insect.   Bee hives can be kept almost anywhere with relatively little trouble and a minimum of expense.

Get some hands-on information and experience with beekeeping without investing in the hives and equipment before you get started can be very helpful.  Check with your community college about workshops or seek out a local beekeeping group in your county;  make a visit to your local library and check-out some reference books;  and lastly you’ll be able find a to z about beekeeping on the internet.  The best way to get information on keeping bees is to talk with a beekeeper about their process and tips for caring for bees.

Bee Keeping 101

We are happy to announce that our beekeeper friend, David, is offering a fun, fact-filled information session about the basics of backyard beekeeping. In June and September right here at Fox Hill we will be hosting a beekeeping 101 weekend.  The session are on Saturday and will be broken into two parts. One session in the a.m. after breakfast and the second session late afternoon.   Come learn about bees and the possibility of becoming a backyard beekeeper.  The cost per person is $50, or $90 per couple, which includes two sessions, gift bag, fresh honey bottled by hand, and delicious honey-infused treats and breakfasts.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 OR Saturday, September 21, 2019

Beekeeping 101 Session  1:  10:30 am -12:00 noon 

  • Overview of beekeeping
  • Basic equipment (suit, smoker, hive tool, brush)
  • Components of a hive (bottom board, entrance reducer, hive boxes,
    frames, inner cover, telescoping cover)
  • Looking inside an active hive (identify workers, drones, maybe a
    queen, brood, eggs, larvae)
  • Removing frames for harvest
  • Discussion of Pests (mites, hive beetles, wax moths, rodents, bear, skunk)

Beekeeping 101 Session 2:  4:00 pm – 5:30 p.m.

  • Benefits of keeping bees
  • Processing honey (extract and bottle your own honey from our hives)
  • Basic equipment
  •  Packaging and storing
  •  Processing wax cappings
  •  Beekeeping products, recipes, books and more

A signed waiver will be required. An Epi pen will be on-site.   Our standard reservation cancellation policy applies.

Honey Bee Facts

Honeybees are some of the most interesting insects.  Did you know that honeybees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years?  They are the only insect that produces food eaten by man. Honeybees are not born knowing how to make honey; the more experienced ones teach the younger bees.  The hive workers known as scouts search for a good source of nectar. Once found, the scout honeybee flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source. This is by doing a dance that positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive and is known as the ‘waggle dance.’  Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It is the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Keeping honeybees can be simple, healthful, and rewarding!

Ready to learn more?

Get buzzing and book your “Bee with your Honey” Weekend via our website at www.foxhillbb.com. Make your reservation now then scroll down the list of add-on items until you locate the appropriate “Bee with your Honey” Weekend (single or couples), then add the beekeeping information session to your reservation.