Intro to Beekeeping

Learn beekeeping at Dodge

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Have you always wanted to keep honey bees, but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance! Learn beekeeping from Dodge staff at Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove. You’ll work bees throughout the entire season, from starting a new package in the spring, to harvesting honey at summer’s end, and finally, preparing the hives for winter.

Protective gear (bee suit, gloves, and veil) is required to work in the hives—participants must provide their own gear. We recommend Mann Lake Bee & Ag Supply for protective suits and gear needs.

Dodge offers need-based scholarships to make this program possible for all adults. For details on how to apply, please email us for more information.

Program details

Age Adults 18+
Cost $280 for all classes
Dates March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 21, and October 19
Time 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove
COVID-19 Safety This program will be held indoors and outdoors, with CDC and MN Department of Health procedures in place. Based on current guidelines and community levels, face masks are optional for all participants and staff. Dodge continues to monitor COVID-19 levels to determine our masking policy.

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