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Top Bar Beekeeping Weekend Intensives

Gold Star Honeybees offers a LIVE Weekend Intensive Top Bar Beekeeping Class

Instructor: Christy Hemenway,  Owner/Author/Teacher/Speaker

Learn to keep bees in Top Bar Hives - supporting the natural systems at work inside the beehive.

This informative series discusses the benefits of natural beekeeping in top bar hives, and outlines both the "how-to" and the "why-to" of this simple, bee-friendly, and beekeeper-friendly method of keeping bees.

Two very full days, jam-packed with the information you need to be ready to keep your own bees in top bar hives.
It is appropriate for both novice beekeepers AND those with some beekeeping experience.


See upcoming class dates and locations below:


March 9 and 10, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
United Community Bank - Community Room
291 E US Hwy 19e, Burnsville, NC 28714
$125 Per Person / $225 Couple

To purchase and register for this class go to:


As more classes are scheduled, we will post them on this page.

To get an email when we add a class, click here.

For our Online Class, visit here.

About hosting a LIVE class near you:
This class can (and likes to!) travel to you - and can pay its own way.
if you'd like to know more about how to host a live class, email us here.

Nice things people have said about the Weekend Intensive Class:

"I have been thinking about what it is that makes Christy's class different than other teachings that are available to beekeepers and top bar hive beekeepers: The class is not only about keeping bees in top bar hives, it is also about bees. What I mean is that it is completely comprehensive. Anyone can Google around for months on end and never find all the information that is included in the class. It is soup to nuts on keeping bees and keeping them in top bar hives. She is an engaging and entertaining teacher building a community of like minded beekeepers who can grow together in experience and in support of one another."
-- Suzanne Brewer

"I just attended Christy’s Weekend Intensive bee class and found it to be a perfect introduction to the fine art of bee keeping. Christy’s style lends itself to a class full of exploration into the fascinating life of the honey bee. I learned how important this insect is to sustaining our agricultural and natural systems and how imperiled they are by the same practices that have brought industrial agriculture to the unsustainable place it now occupies.

I cannot recommend strongly enough the importance and outright fun that this class can deliver. I have signed up for a top bar hive as a result and can hardly wait to roll down my sleeves and become a member of the bee keeping world. If you have ever thought that you might want to know more about tending wild bees and are looking for a perspective that draws the best from age-old practices and explores the newest methodologies of organic bee keeping, this is the class for you. Enjoy!"      
-- Des FitzGerald



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