ABC Bees is training a new generation of backyard, hobby, and production beekeepers in honey and queen production. The Orientation to Beekeeping Workshop is a FREE program to help you start out on the right foot.


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Since 2010, we have worked with thousands of new and established beekeepers become confident in their beekeeping skills. We are experts and helping beekeepers get a leg up on what to expect when they jump in and start beekeeping or set goals to grow and expand.

Unable to keep up with the demand for on-farm events, we converted our beekeeping training programs into a convenient video-based format.

Information we previously shared at our on-farm workshops is now available via our FREE programs like this Orientation to Hobby Beekeeping mini-course and the soon to be released Armchair Beekeeping Program. We also offer a comprehensive 5-week Level One Beekeeping Certificate through NAIT, so you can learn from ABC Bees no matter where you live.

Beekeeping is exciting! It’s nerve-wracking. Beekeeping is confusing. Beekeeping can also be very eye opening and it can be grounding, but one thing is certain. I know that you’ve got millions of questions on your mind. How do I get started? Should I get started? What do I need? How do I even get bees?


In thisĀ Orientation to Hobby Beekeeping we answer some frequently asked questions about how to get started in your beekeeping journey so that you can have a solid foundation of knowledge to make better beekeeping decisions in the future.

  • What equipment and tools do I need to begin beekeeping?
  • What type of safety equipment do I need?
  • How do I use beekeeping tools? How do I light my smoker?
  • What should I expect when I order bees from a package?
  • What should I expect when I order a nucleus colony?
  • What are the differences between single and double colonies?


Go to Purchasing Bees

  • What considerations should be made when choosing a hive location?
  • What do you personally need to consider when choosing a hive location?
  • What is a beehive’s space and sun requirements?


Go to Hive Placement

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Eliese uses simple, clear language that was accessible for a beginner. I was able to put my learning into practice right away.

There's lots of great information packed into these videos. They're great as an introduction for beginners and as a refresher for the novice beekeepers!

Orientation to Hobby Beekeeping was a nice bite sized piece of information, that was quick to view, easy to understand and included a supplemental worksheet that can be used to capture learnings. It is a great resource for individuals new to beekeeping or interested in learning about bees before making the investment in equipment and the bees themselves.