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Hands-On Queen School

Learn to raise high quality queens!

This Summer at the Hands-On Queen Rearing Series at our farm in Western Massachusetts will teach you how to raise high quality queens.  


Two Cohorts (groups) attend 4 weekend courses.  There is one gathering per month from May thru August. 


The dates are on the flyer and the times here:

Each class happens Friday evening 5:30-7:30 pm, all day Saturday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 9:00-11:30 am. 


In this class you will get to practice grafting, building cell raisers, selecting queens for breeding, making mating nucs and raising successful walk-away splits- all in Comfort hives you steward on site!  


You'll learn both 10-day cell and 2-day cell queen rearing strategies.   You'll gather data on the effectiveness of each method and even get a chance to take some queens home with you to your home apiary.  Check out the syllabus for a full schedule and speaker list. 

Who is this for? 

Open to ALL.  Ideally you have some beekeeping experience and want to deepen your practice.  If you are excited about rearing queens we encourage you to apply by 4/20/22.


Online Queen School

Online classes are monthly webinars where we host guest Queen Breeders from all over the continent to share their practices and stories. 


Online classes are FREE! 


Our last online class for 2022 is April 19th at 7 pm and features Megan Mahoney.

Megan will teach us about her Instrumental Insemination practice, selection strategies and systems for queen breeding.