Upcoming A.B.C Classes...

"My favorite part of the course was when you reach that aha moment of empowerment...that it is possible to keep your own bees and that there is community support to do so."

- Johanna Stark, Level One Certificate Graduate, Calgary


"Fantastic course: I enjoyed it immensely. You’re a charismatic, passionate and charming lecturer! Thank you!"

- Bruce Watson, Level One Certificate Graduate, Calgary



All Spring 2015 Level One Beekeeping Certificate courses are currently sold out. We will be offering these 'lecture style' courses again in the Fall in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and TBD locations throughout Alberta.

If you would like to know when these courses are announced, please sign up for our Monthly Newsletter on the top right of this page.

Courses begin in October and November of 2015-January-March 2016 and the course costs are $290+tax.

We look forward to seeing you at our monthly Field Days held in Calgary throughout the summer months or our private Home2Hive Bike Tours (partnered with Hyatt Regency and Rouge Restaurant).

SOLD OUT CALGARY- Level One Beekeeping Certificate, March

About: A.B.C is pleased to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobbyist beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. The 16 hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. The course is taught by Eliese Watson, founder of A.B.C. Travelling all-over North America teaching and mentoring under beekeepers such as Corwin Bell, Sam Comfort, and Kirk Anderson, Eliese has a wide knowledge of natural beekeeping practices with both TBH and Langstroth equipment. Course includes lunch, snacks, textbook and resources.

Date: March 7-8th, 2015

Time: 8:45am-5:00pm

Location: The URBANFARM PROJECT, Palliser Community. Directions in your email 2 weeks before the course

Full Description: The Level One Beekeeping course covers all of the areas necessary to prepare you as a beekeeper. As a 16 hour intensive course, A.B.C covers the following topics: Honeybee Biology, Beginners Basics, Honey and Nectar Flow, Seasonal Management Practices for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (including swarms, splits, basic queen rearing concepts, honey harvesting), Honeybee Health, and IPM Techniques. As a student of this course work, you will leave with the knowledge that will guide you for the coming beekeeping season. The course uses the “Beekeeping in Western Canada” textbook and with a custom A.B.C workbook companion and resources. This allows for you to easily review the material learned throughout the course and return to it when needed.

Odds and Sods: Please your own note book pen, water bottle and coffee mug! Everything else will be provided for. *****NOTE: You will be taking the course AFTER the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase. You SHOULD take the exam and apply for bees in February, just note in the application that you are registered for the March L1BK Certificate. This will benefit your application.


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Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers Meeting- CALGARY More Info | Add to Cart
  • About: THIS EVENT IS FREE! This is our annual meeting to organize a swarm catchers training session as well as orient new-bees to how the program works. Our goals in this meeting are to increase the number of swarms that are caught by beekeepers for beekeepers.
  • Date: April 8, 2015
  • Time: 7:00-8:30pm
  • Location: Blank Page Studio, 1221 B Kensington Rd. NW, Kensington Road Northwest, Calgary, AB T2N 3P8
  • Odds and Sods: Bring any ideas you wish to share with others!
  • Unit Price: $0.00
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