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.

The class includes the following topics:  
  • Fundamentals of Beekeeping
  • The Basic Parts of a Bee Hive
  • How to Properly Don a Beekeeping Suit
  • Visiting a Live Bee Hive
  • The Honey House Operations
- class outline, schedule and cost

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.  
May 27 – How to Identify a Honey Flow*
June 3 – How and When to Add Honey Supers*
June 10 – Open Questions & Answer
June 17 – Tips and Tools for Honey Harvesting
June 24 – Mite Sampling with Sugar Roll Method*
July 1 – Mite Treatment Demonstration Using Apivar*
July 8 – Open Questions & Answer
July 15 – How to Help Your Bees Survive the South Texas Summer
July 22 – Queen Marking Demonstration & Discussion*
July 29 – Tips for Dividing Hives in the Summer*
  * 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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