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Learn everything you need to know to successfully start and maintain your own honey bee hive for the first three years of your beekeeping experience. Jesse “The Beekeeper” Frierson of East Coast Honey will discuss construction of hive boxes, honey bee care, hive maintenance, how to properly inspect a hive and how to harvest honey. Learn how to prevent and treat pests, care for the Queen and prepare hives for the tough winter months in Virginia. Experience a live close-up look at honey bees in an Observation Hive and get hands-on with constructing parts of a hive box.

Fees: Member $130, Non-Member $156

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Register Member $130

Register Non-Member $156

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - Saturday, February 17, 2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Event Details

This course takes place over 3 Saturdays:

  • February 3, 9 am – 1 pm
  • February 10, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • February 17, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Jesse FriersonAbout the Instructor

At heart a devout “Country Boy” from Columbia, SC, Jesse Frierson’s beekeeping experience dates to 2010 after hearing about Colony Collapse Disorder. Like many at the time, Jesse really wanted “to do something” to help the struggling honeybee population. Shortly after moving from the city out to the country, a chance meeting with a local beekeeper led to Jesse joining a local beekeeping club, taking a beginner course and later ordering two packages of honey bees just for kicks! Fast forward over a decade later, Jesse now oversees the operation of hives in three states: VA, NC and SC. Trading as www.EastCoastHoney.com, its local, raw and unfiltered honey is prized and is a solid staple for many families from the Washington, DC area to Charleston, SC. Over the years Jesse has attended many state beekeeping conferences in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is also a Certified Beekeeper in SC and holds beekeeping club memberships in both Virginia and South Carolina. An avid learner, Jesse continues to research many aspects of beekeeping to ensure continued successful experiences in caring for their honey bees and helping them to produce prized and high-quality honey.