Click HERE to get on the list for our 2023 Beginners Beekeeping Course
3 nights Glamping in one of our bell tents and Level 1 Beginner Beekeeper Certification for 1 Person
You may have up to 4 people in your tent with you! If other guest staying in your tent would like to take the course then the additional cost is $350 per person.
This course leads to your certification as a Beginner Beekeeper by the BCHPA (British Columbia Honey Producers Association).
Taught by Deborah Acheson, a Master Beekeeper and a certified instructor for the BCHPA and Clea Adair, Owner and Operator of Smith Lake Farm.
Registration is open for twelve students, and closes February 15th 2022.
*COVID has altered how we deliver the course. All classroom work is now done by Zoom.
When you register you will have a one on one telephone or zoom session with Deborah or Clea to assist you with questions you may have about acquiring equipment and bee clothing. How to obtain bees will be addressed. Also, the importance of joining a bee club and having a mentor for your first year will be discussed.
$550 + tax Glamping stay for up to 4 people on nights of June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
$350 + tax Level 1 Beekeeping Course
* Tax is included in our price
Optional add on:
$275-350 Bees: We offer nucleus hives to glampers that they can take home after the June 5th weekend. If our site is sold out of the type of hive you want, we will make sure to have bees available for you to take home. Making up your own nucleus hive at the course, under our supervision, is a great experience.
Glamping and Beginners Beekeeper Certification Course
Click HERE to get on the list for 2023 Beginners Beekeeping Course
February 15th: Zoom meeting to discuss basic hive equipment and why you need it. Virtual tour of the inside of our apiary and equipment. We will also address basic bee biology.
March 7th: Zoom meeting to discuss Honey Bee Pests and Diseases.
April 21: Zoom meeting to discuss how to hive your bees when they arrive and to discuss early feeding techniques, and how to super for honey.
May 19: Optional zoom meeting to answer and questions or concerns you may have about how your hive is doing.
June 3rd and 4th:
10am - noon
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Two days of training in the apiary at Smith Lake Farm, 1481 Larkin Road. Some of the attendees will be glampers and some will be valley residents. Glampers will be provided with bee suits if they are unable to bring their own gear. Valley residents are expected to have their own gear. Techniques for hive inspections, use of smokers, note taking, disease inspection, queen problem inspections, how to find a queen, how to mark a queen, hive division etc. will all be explored. *Content will be weather dependent.
Honey Tasting from Around the World: 4:00 pm June 3rd. This event will be open to all farm guests as well as long as they are vaccinated.