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 ample opportunity for questions and information sharing. Workshops are held Saturday mornings from 9 to 10am. Pre-registration is not required.  
January 5 - Oxalic Acid Drip Demonstration (Annette Kowalchik)
January 19 - Gretchen Bee Ranch Mite Treatment Plan for 2019
January 26 - Swarm Trapping Demonstration (Bill Runyon)
February 2 - Understanding & Dealing with Africanized Bees (Annette Kowalchik)
February 9 - South Texas Bee Plants, Spring Edition (Bill Evans)
February 16 - Evaluating an Expanding Brood Nest and a Growing Colony*
February 23 - What Should I Be Doing With My Bees Right Now?*
March 2 - How to Build Up Your Bees in the Spring*
March 9 - How & When to Feed Pollen Supplement*
March 16 - To Be Announced
March 23 - Formic Pro & Apiguard Mite Treatment Demonstrations*
March 30 - Evaluating Colonies for Dividing*
April 6 - Queen Introduction Using a Push-in Cage - Demonstration*
April 13 - To Be Announced
April 20 - Queen Marking Demonstration*
April 27 - Queen Introduction Using the Slow Method - Demonstration*
May 4 - Hopguard II Mite Treatment Demonstration*
May 11 - Pollen Trapping and Propolis Trapping*
May 18 - No Workshop
May 25 - Making Comb Honey*
  * This workshop will take place in the teaching apiary, weather permitting. Protective clothing is required.  

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