For the classes below, we do require an RSVP and payment to reserve your spot - our classes fill quickly! Give us a call at 828-484-9466 or stop by our storefront to sign up.


Wednesdays, March 21st + 28th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm

This class will offer a whirlwind of information from hive placement to season-long management. In addition to the lecture portion, the fee for this class includes a 2 hour hands on in the hive portion when the weather begins to warm in the spring. Hands-on dates are TBA - we will offer multiple dates throughout April and June. The new beekeeper will find this invaluable in gaining comfort and confidence around a hive.
Cost: $75 per person, $125 for two

F R E E !
B E A R   F E N C I N G   1 0 1

with Dave Cowart

There are two kinds of beekeepers in this area: Beekeepers who HAVE bear fences and beekeepers who WILL HAVE bear fences!

It's a fact folks, bear populations are increasing in WNC and expanding into new territories. Your bees are not immune to the ravages of these hungry critters on a high lonely mountain or in downtown Asheville. Learn how to protect your investment (and the bears) with an electric fence. We will discuss location, solar, battery powered, and A/C plug in chargers, fencing materials and installation and most importantly grounding.
Dave Cowart has been keeping bees since 1997 and is an active member with Buncombe County Bee School. He has kept up to 70 hives at one time + and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge on how to keep bears out of your hive!
When: March 3rd, 1pm-2pm at Wild Mountain Bees.
Cost: FREE!

–– A Realistic Approach on Behalf of Bees ––
with Leigh Knott
Is it possible to tend hives without chemical treatments—while also being a responsible neighbor to other beekeepers and wild bee populations?  The good news: It is possible. What is needed to make it happen? More diligence than dogma. More study and skills than wishful woo. More evidence-based understanding than snappy sound bites.  Still interested? Please join this class which will assume an intermediate level of beekeeping, but provide food for thought for beginner through advanced.  Leigh will share experience tending around a dozen hives and nucs—without buying bees or using any chemicals since 2011. She practices beekeeping in Yancey county at Five Apple Farm, producing honey that is Certified Naturally Grown and won 'Best in the Southeast' in 2017. 
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there..." --Rumi​
When: March 17th, 12pm-2pm at Wild Mountain Bees.
Cost: $25 per person

–– Avoid a Swarm, Raise Quality Queens, Get a New Hive, Reduce Mite Loads ––
with Leigh Knott
Leigh Knott will teach a how-to on this multi-purpose split technique. Leigh 
round a dozen hives at 
Five Apple Farm
​ in Yancey county. The apiary is 
Certified Naturally Grown
​, producing​
​ and a small number of nucs
—without buying bees or using chemicals since 2011. 
​Her spring honey won 'Best in the Southeast' in 2017.
When: March 17th, 2:30pm-4pm at Wild Mountain Bees.
Cost: $20 per person
Best for intermediate beekeepers.

Beeswax candles are long-burning, soot-free, and naturally scented. Learn to make your own candles with natural beeswax sourced from beekeepers right here in this area. We'll be talking about how to get started with molds, and everyone will take home a candle.
March 24th, 1:00-2:30pm
Cost: $30
H A N D S - O N   I N   T H E   H I V E   S E S S I O N
This is included with the Beginner Beekeeping Class, but can also be taken separately.

Hands-on session followed by some Q & A. Call the store to reserve your spot for a 2 hour slot on the date listed above. You can also take the hands-on portion without the lecture if space allows.
Tuesday May 15th, 11am-1pm
Saturday May 19th, 10-12pm OR 2-4pm
Sunday May 20th, 1-3pm (Also World Bee Day!)



D I Y   B A L M S   &   S A L V E S   C L A S S

Just like honey, beeswax has its own amazing natural health benefits. Unlike its artificial counterparts, beeswax seals moisture into skin while still allowing it to breathe. Together, we'll melt down one of our favorite hive products and mix it into a salve for your hands or a balm for your lips. Everyone will take home a small tin!
D I Y   M E A D   M A K I N G   C L A S S

There's nothing like harvesting your own honey, pickling your own vegetables, juicing your own apples. Take your homesteading skills to the next level and start homebrewing today! Participants will learn about supplies and recipes needed for any home- mead, cider, and wine making, and then dive into the magical history of mead itself. Everyone will take home a half gallon of their own bubbling mead made during the class and a mead making zine providing recipes, guides, and advice on troubleshooting made by the teachers themselves.

H E R B A L   H O N E Y   I N F U S I O N  C L A S S

Ever heard of a honey infusion? Just like water with tea, honey can take on the properties of herbs that steep in it– tasting spicy like red pepper, floral like rose petals, or comforting like cinnamon. Join us as we walk through the steps of infusing your own honey, and bring home your very own herbal honey infusion.

M A K I N G   I N C R E A S E   ( N U C S   &   S P L I T S )

Want to become more self-sustaining in your apiary? Tired of buying bees year after year? Learn the alchemy of making new colonies from your strong ones to increase your numbers and/or cover your losses before they happen. We will also discuss utilizing natural swarm cells, re-queening, and wintering nucleus colonies. Sarah McKinney will be teaching this lecture and demonstration class for intermediate and advanced beekeepers (or the occasional well read beginner!).

B E E K E E P I N G   W I T H   K I D S

Excellent opportunity to connect with your kids and train the future stewards of our honeybees. This is a parent/child class with fun, games, storytelling, and a live observation hive. Class will be taught by Sarah McKinney her daughter Zoe, and son Willow. For ages 5 to 14+ (NOTE: mature kids/teens may prefer an adult class.)



More classes to come on advanced management techniques, queen rearing, candle-making, and more! We sell high-quality, competitively priced, field-tested fence chargers and bear fencing supplies.

Advanced payment is required to reserve your spot as classes always fill up fast. Make sure to check your calendar as class fees are non-refundable if you fail to attend.
 Email:, call: 828-484-9466 or drop by the store to reserve your spot.

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