Gretchen Bee Ranch
Hives & Bees
  At Gretchen Bee Ranch we love to help others learn the art and science of keeping bees. This is a never-ending process and even after working with bees for over 30 years, we are amazed at what the bees still teach us. Beekeepers have a responsibility to be good stewards to these amazing creatures, and it all starts with a desire to learn.

Learning can take many forms — befriending veteran beekeepers in your community, joining a local beekeeping club, following an experienced beekeeper on their social media, and reading regularly books such as The Hive and the Honeybee and magazines such as the American Bee Journal.

We would be delighted if you considered our classes as part of your mix of learning opportunities!

Introduction to Beekeeping
This class teaches the fundamentals to the new beekeeper, or to those just wanting to experience the bees first-hand. A bee suit and other protective gear are provided.

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How to Harvest Your Honey
This is a hands on class that goes through the honey harvesting process using a hive from the Gretchen Bee Ranch apiary. It is designed for a new or first-year beekeeper.

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Customer Quote: “Had a wonderful experience there at Gretchen Bee Ranch, your beekeeping class was excellent…” -Dale H.
A group of student at the Gretchen Bee Ranch.
Free Beekeeping Workshops at Gretchen Bee Ranch
  We’d be delighted to see you at one or more of these free workshops at the Bee Ranch. We’ll provide free coffee and opportunity for questions and information sharing.  Workshops are held Saturday mornings from 9 to 10am.  
September 2 - Good Queen - Bad Queen
September 9 - Hive Beetle Management (Presented by Vandell Norwood)
September 16 - No Workshop
September 23 - How to Render Your Beeswax
September 30 - Tips for Feeding Sugar Syrup in the Fall
October 7 - Mite-Away Quick Strip Demonstration*
October 14 - Direct Introduction of Queens Without a Cage*
October 21 - No Workshop
October 28 - Preparing Your Colonies for Winter
November 4 - What Should I Be Doing Right Now With My Bees?
November 11 - No Workshop
November 18 - No Workshop
November 25 - Demonstration: How We Make Lip Balm With Our Beeswax
December 2 - Wintertime Equipment Maintenance
December 9 - Winter Brood Nest Examination*
December 16 - Oxalic Acid Vaporization Demonstration*
December 23 - No Workshop
December 30 - Sampling For Mite Levels*

  * This workshop will be held in our teaching apiary, weather permitting. Please bring your protective gear if you would like to participate.  

  Gretchen Bee Ranch |  2745 W. Kingsbury, Seguin, TX 78155   |  Office: 830.305.7925     
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