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February thru April 2015

Bee Building at Topsifield, Ma. Fairgrounds

If you are interested in attending, send an email to so we can add you to the list of people notified when registration is open. The class size is limited to the first 65 applications received.

Practical Beekeeping: Essex County Beekeepers' Association is offering a nine week course for beginning beekeepers and others with an interest in bees. Practical Beekeeping is an introductory level course designed to provide students, with no previous knowledge or experience with beekeeping, the necessary information and skills to keep honeybees and produce honey and beeswax. The course will include instruction on bee biology, required equipment, setting up bee hives, acquiring and installing bees, managing bees through the seasons, harvesting bee products, local bee supply dealers, a workshop on building bee equipment, and will culminate with one field session working with live honeybees. Check the web site for updates and course syllabus.

Hive PartsHive opening

One on One

If you have any special needs please notify ECBA in writing @ ECBA Attn: Bee School, PO Box 10, Topsfield, MA 01983-0010 no later than January 30, 2015.
You may also email Bee School Chairman.

Bee School weather cancellation policy

To see if class is canceled:
  • click on CALENDAR. If the class is canceled, it will be marked in orange and show the word canceled.
  • check radio station WBZ AM 1030 or North Shore Community College.
    If N.S.C.C. has canceled, Bee School is canceled.
  • check the message on the Bee School phone answering machine at 978-887-6100.