Spring Buildup course

Welcome to the Southern Appalachian School of Apiculture!

Who is this course for?

Did you know that your actions in the spring set you up for the rest of the year?

This course benefits those who already have bees OR are going to soon have them, so that they can take what they’re learning and immediately apply it.

Topics covered in the Spring Buildup course include but are not limited to:

  • Catching swarms
  • Utilizing bait hives
  • First Spring Inspection: What to look for and when to do it
  • Spring feeding: Should you feed? Why or why not, when and how
  • Making increase: splitting hives effectively
  • Observational experience
  • Failed colonies: post mortem analysis
  • Assessing forage availability
  • Pest & Disease management protocols
  • Varroa mite assessment & treatment

Learn more about my teaching style here…

Join us as we utilize this hands-on course to take your beekeeping skills way past what you learn in the books…

There will also be time for discussion and questions in order to give you the most out of this course. The key focus will be how to maintain honey bee hives in such a way as to help our ecology and benefit all of our pollinators PLUS setting the hives up for a productive summer.

There will be refreshments available as well as information handouts to take home with you.

*Please NoteFor legal reasons and the stinging nature of honey bees, a waiver must be signed in order to participate in this and any other course offered. The registration & waiver forms can be downloaded here.

*Complete each form and email to: jonathanhargus@thebeekeepingmentorgmentor.com

*Costthe cost is $40 per person OR $75 for a couple (note that through Paypal, you will need to pay full price for 2 people and $5 will be returned to you during the course). Classes will be run from 2:30-4:30pm (2 full hours) on the available calendar dates below. Each class hosts a maximum of 6 students only! Payments can be made at any time to book your preferred date. Courses that are marked full have already been paid in full and reached the maximum 6-student limit.

Spring Buildup Course

Join me at my Home Apiary for an in-depth, hands-on course for Spring activities in the hive!


*Gear & EquipmentProtective veils with lightweight vests will be provided. Feel free to bring your own protective clothing. Long sleeves and gloves are recommended but not required. Please do not wear any colognes, perfumes or strong deodorants that day (don’t worry, we won’t judge).

*Classes will be held either on a Saturday or Sunday. See available course dates below!!

*Important information to know before you come…MUST READ HERE.

2020 Calendar dates for the Spring Buildup course: 2020 courses are over for spring

  • 7th March
  • 21st March
  • 5th April
  • 18th April
  • 2nd May
  • 16th May

Looking for some one-on-one guidance?

Click below to find out more about my personal mentor-ship program. That’s right! I come to your apiary with the specified limits and guide you through WHATEVER bee stuff you need help with…

Email me from my Contact Page for more details and/or to book a class!

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