BRING YOUR BEEKEEPING DREAMS TO LIFE

MASTER THE SKILLS TO RAISE YOUR BEEHIVE OR BUILD A BEEKEEPING BUSINESS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Whether you want to:

  • Keep a beehive in your backyard to share with your family, friends, and community …

  • Build a beekeeping business from a hobby that you love …

  • Or simply bring more joy and beauty into your life through honey bees…

You’re in the right place.

In the Level One Beekeeping Online Workshop, Forbes Magazine featured beekeeper Eliese Watson pulls back the curtain of her small honey beekeeping operation to show you step by step how to raise and manage honey bees to produce honey in your backyard. In the workshop, covering an entire beekeeping season, Eliese shares key strategies, systems, and time-tested techniques used to build ABC Bees thriving, profitable beekeeping business with less than 50 colonies.

Join bee lovers from across North America who have created productive backyard beehives, launched successful beekeeping businesses, and discovered the joy of producing and sharing their own honey and wax products through the ABC Bees Level One Online Certificate. This comprehensive workshop includes 50+ instructional videos, weekly Q&A sessions with Eliese, and support from fellow beekeepers across Canada via the ABC Bees Learning Community, and so much more. Enrollment in the ABC Bees Level One Online Certificate  is offered just 5 times per year.

SMALL SPACE
BIG IMPACT
NO FARM REQUIRED

LEARN TO KEEP BEES IN YOUR BACKYARD

Rural homesteads
Urban lots
Rented fields
Community gardens
Backyards
Farm fields
Side yards
Allotments
Parking strips/verges
Churchyards
Pastures
Schoolyards

BENEFITS BEYOND THE BEES

CONFIDENCE

Break through self doubt by building your skills and using ABC Bees time-tested techniques to raise a healthy beehive.

CLARITY

Outline your vision, identify your strengths, and create actionable goals for your beehive, apiary, or business.

TRAINING

Master the specific skills needed to produce an abundance of honey in a small space, no matter where you live.

SUPPORT

Get guidance, encouragement, and support, plus answers to your questions from Eliese.

COMMUNITY

Create connections, build relationships, and make lifelong friends with fellow beekeepers through our learning community.

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Judi Parrot

“When I enrolled in ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping course, I wanted to learn enough to feel more confident and be more capable looking after my bees. The course was great but what I value even more is the ongoing mentoring and support that Eliese willingly provided. She has an incredible understanding of everything “bees” and remarkable patience for people who are new beekeepers. Eliese and the community of beekeepers that she introduced me to have made my beekeeping easier, more successful and a whole lot of fun.”

Michael Bush

“Eliese is smart, knowledgeable, personable and just plain nice. Her beekeeping knowledge is far beyond most and she knows how to communicate it. But beyond that she has a charisma that I don’t know how to put into words. People just find it a joy to be around her.”

Kirk Anderson

“I met Eliese many years ago at a Organic Beekeepers Convention in Oracle Arizona. I had never seen so much love and enthusiasm for before or since. I was also lucky enough to come to Calgary and help her when she first started ABC Bees. Along with her enthusiasm is her understanding of bees and her desire to help others. Having kept bees since 1969, I not come across such talent and ability to see bees and help others. Aren’t all of us bee lovers lucky.

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Mary Lynn Hogg

“When I enrolled in ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping course, I wanted to learn enough to feel more confident and be more capable looking after my bees. The course was great but what I value even more is the ongoing mentoring and support that Eliese willingly provided. She has an incredible understanding of everything “bees” and remarkable patience for people who are new beekeepers. Eliese and the community of beekeepers that she introduced me to have made my beekeeping easier, more successful and a whole lot of fun.”

COURSE OUTLINE

TEN COMPREHENSIVE MODULES DIG DEEP INTO SMALL-SCALE APIARY PRODUCTION

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MODULE 1

Biology

Discover the intricacies of the honey bee lifecycle, evolution, and the varied roles of each caste. With a focus on workers, drones, and queens, we will pull back the veil to view not just how bees work the way they do, but why.

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MODULE 2

Beginning Beekeeping

Explore some of the tools that all beekeepers need and we start to learn about where you can purchase colonies and how to assess their value. You will learn about bee packages, transporting nucleus colonies, single colonies and how to manage swarms.

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MODULE 3

POLLEN AND NECTAR

Explore the nectar flows in your specific geographic location and you will learn about the common nectar plants. You will have an opportunity to build your learning portfolio by conducting your own research and interacting with fellow students on the online community.

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MODULE 4

Feeding

Construct a supplementary feeding plan that will prevent the starvation of the colony and best support bee health and productivity. Learn about wintering bees, pollen supplementation and substitutes, as well as feeding schedules.

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MODULE 5

Hive Placement

 Learn about all the considerations when you are determining the best place to place your hives to ensure the health of your colony. You will also learn about honey bee orientation and more about urban beekeeping.

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MODULE 6

Spring Management

Learn how to determine when Spring has arrived for your bees, and what management practices are essential to get off to a strong start.

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MODULE 7

Summer Management

Create summer management goals and expectations including splitting, supering, or combining colonies. Learn to perform basic hive inspections, identify specific causes for concern, and apply integrated pest management strategies throughout the beekeeping season.

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MODULE 8

Fall Management

Explore the harvesting of honey and how to prepare the colony for winter survival. Seasonal management plan for Fall including simplified honey extraction strategies including foundation and foundationless hive management.

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MODULE 9

Winter Management

Learn the role of thermodynamics in winterization strategies, the importance of honey and pollen throughout the winter, as well as winter wrap options, locations and flight paths of bees.

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MODULE 10

Honey Bee Health

Complete a management schedule outlining Integrated Pest Management strategies and techniques that will support bee health and productivity throughout the seasons.  Learn to explain when pathogens may be present in a colony identifying solutions to treat, restrict, or remove them.

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CAPSTONE PROJECT

Final Apiary Plan

You will complete your final design an operational beehive and apiary. It will include: Background research, rationale for design, location, size, hive health, a seasonal work plan: spring, summer, fall, winter, as well as risk factors & mitigation.

NO TRAVEL REQUIRED

CARVE OUT MORE SPACE IN YOUR LIFE & YARD FOR RAISING YOUR OWN BEES

Join our virtual classroom and participate in the ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping Certificate no matter where you live.

YOUR GOALS

Grow bees and a life you love

YOUR PACE

Learn at your own pace—rewatch the videos as often as you’d like

YOUR LEARNING STYLE

Watch videos and take notes

YOUR SCHEDULE

Participate whenever and wherever you’d like

YOUR COMMUNITY

Connect with beekeepers across Canada

WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?

The ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping Certificate is geared towards:

Beginning and intermediate beekeepers and apiarists wanting to raise bees on a small scale, but in a bigger way.

Established beekeepers wanting to improve efficiency, elevate production, or expand into new markets.

Those wanting to build a seasonal business, side gig, or new career centered on honey production.

Dreamers who want to start beekeeping.

Anyone looking to bring more joy and beauty into their life through bees.

The ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping Certificate is NOT for:

Large-scale producers or intensive agricultural operations hoping to learn conventional and commercial mechanized systems.

Beekeepers seeking in-depth commercial beekeeping lessons or the science behind pollination production.

Anyone looking for a get-rich-quick scheme. Building and running an apiary takes a lot of hard work and dedication. If you’re not a motivated person and are uncomfortable with challenging situations, this may not be the course for you.

CERTIFICATE TIMELINE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

WEEK 1

MODULE 1 & 2

BIOLOGY and BEGINNING BEEKEEPING

WEEK 2

MODULE 3, 4 & 5

POLLEN & NECTAR and FEEDING and HIVE PLACEMENT

WEEK 3

MODULE 6 & 7

SPRING and SUMMER MANAGEMENT

WEEK 4

MODULE 8 & 9

FALL and WINTER MANAGEMENT

WEEK 5

MODULE 10 and FINAL PROJECT

HONEY BEE HEALTH and CAPSTONE PROJECT

HAVE A QUESTION? BE SURE TO VISIT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE.