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Bee Education & Workshops

Why We Like to Educate

Through our own education and experience working with bees and in agriculture, we are acutely aware of their importance for a healthy, sustainable future for our local communities and the world. At Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery we believe sharing our knowledge is as important as producing premium honey-based products.

As a family, we strive to educate about the importance of bees in our food supply chain, but also to inspire people of all ages to embrace their place in the natural world and to engage in positive practices that support a sustainable future for all.

Beginner Beekeeping Course
Beginner Beekeeping Course
Workshop & Classes
Workshop & Classes

Certified Beginner
Beekeeping Courses

We are once again offering the BC Honey Producers Association certified Beginner Beekeeping Course.
See below for details and how to register.

Course Overview:

We are certified by the B.C. Honey Producer’s Association to teach this Beginner Beekeeping Course. This course is broken into 6 Zoom sessions, 4 outside hands-on sessions, and a final examination (date to be arranged).

The following is a guide to what will be covered:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Beekeeping Management and Hive Manipulation
  • Diseases and Pests
  • Honey, Nectar, Pollen, and Pollination
  • Honey Harvesting, Marketing, Fall & Winter Management
  • Working with honey bee colonies, hands-on

 

Course Dates:

ONLINE THEORY SESSIONS VIA ZOOM

Scheduled for 6 Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We will cover basic theory components of the course.

April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17

IN PERSON

Hands-on experiences for at least four (2.5 hours each) Saturday sessions (May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29) with bees, equipment, feeding and treatments. Note: We will limit the size of the outside hands-on sessions according to public health guidelines and may have to run an afternoon and morning option to accommodate everyone. The morning session will run 9:30am- 12:00 pm and if required, the afternoon session would be 1:30pm to 3:00 p.m.

Exam day: to follow completion of the theory of the course.

Course Fee:

The course fee of $250 will include the course materials, instruction, final examination and experience with bees. Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will be issued. A $50 deposit is required upon registration with the balance due at the time you pick up your learning materials from our Country Store located at 2595 Lefeuvre Road. Days to pick up your course materials*:
April 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11.

*For those not in the Fraser Valley, we will mail your materials in time to begin the course on April 12th.

2021 Course Dates
at UFV in Abbotsford:

We have agreed to work with UFV to offer an “Introduction to Beekeeping” Course @ UFV through their continuing studies program at a site in Abbotsford.  This will be a slightly enhanced program from what we offer on the farm and registration will be done through UFV – check out their calendar for registration details.

Registering for the Beginner Beekeeping Course:

If you would like to register for the Certified Beginner Beekeeping course held at the farm, please contact us at [email protected], register online or use the course registration form.

A non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required to hold your seat for this course with final payment due at Class commencement on April 12, 2021.

If you wish to register for the course hosted by UFV, please do so through their website: www.ufv.ca/continuing-education/courses/agriculture-horticulture/gardening/

Beginner Beekeeper Course - Campbell's Gold

Workshops & Classes

Pre-paid registration is required for all of these events (unless otherwise specified).
To register for an event, please register online. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Mason bees

Mason Bee Workshop

Presenter: Werner Klann
Presenter’s Bio: Werner retired approximately 10 years ago, and shortly after developed a passion for our environment and the Mason Bee. What inspired him about the Mason Bees was their hard work ethics. Over the years he researched the Internet and purchased his own Mason Bees which he set up on his brother’s farm…

Campbells Gold Workshop - Let's Plant for Bees

Let’s Plant for the Bees

Come and learn a little about what our pollinators need to survive and specifically how we can help the honey bees by planting bee friendly plants (rain or shine). Hear about the bees and their role with the environment…

Beeswax Candle and Wraps

Mead and Beeswax Candle Making Class!

Indulge in a glass of mead and roll your own beeswax candles! This class is designed to let you enjoy an evening of making rolled beeswax candles, at your level of skill, whether a beginner or more advanced. You will receive two single sheets of beeswax, and everything you need to create classic beeswax rolled candles…
Campeblls Gold Workshop - Spring Happenings in the Hive

Spring Happenings in the Hive

The session will be focused on how we help ensure the bees are looked after in the spring to pre-position them for a healthy start of the honey year.  This time of year is a time to create new queens and much more.

Campbells Gold Workshop - Beeswax Candle Class

Beeswax Candle Making Classes

This is a basic beginner class where all ages are welcome! Roll your own beeswax candles or make your own molded beauties in two different styles! Beeswax candles are all natural and smell so lovely. Be prepared for two hours of fun.  An advanced fluted and tapered class is available for those wanting more of a challenge. Email us directly for advanced classes!

Campbells Gold Workshop - Open Hive Thursdays

Open Hive Thursdays

Adventure with us and tag along with a beekeeper to learn about topical issues in real time. Includes a visit to a live hive! Bring all of your questions!

To check to see if this currently available, please contact us at [email protected]

Campbells Gold Workshop - Fall & Winter Hive Management

Fall & Winter Hive Management Workshop

When: Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $15.00  (Covid-19 pandemic: social distancing protocol)
*Free for those taking the Beginner Beekeeping course at Campbells Gold in 2020 and 2021 at Campbells Gold

This workshop is designed for beginner beekeepers  who have taken a basic course but are looking for assistance in putting theory into practice to ensure that their bees are prepared for winter survival.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register online:

Paint Nights

Please save the date and get ready to get creative! We supply your canvas, paints, two glasses of our honey wine, and a meat and cheese charcuterie! It’s a great way to spend time with your friends!
Beeswax Candle and Wraps

Wine Wednesdays – Bee a winer on Wine Wednesday!

We will offer a number of different learning/skill building activities with a glass or two of mead.  We are still in the process of planning, but will build in one of the following activities:  make your own wax wraps, candle making, paint night and so on.  Please check back soon for updates!
Sunflower border event

Sunflower Border

Sunflower Offering: A beautiful sunflower border will be planted for the bees again. As part of the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail, we are inviting our customers to stroll the gardens. Stop by to get your fix for ‘all things honey’ –including honey wine–and then take a gander through the flowers. Buy a sunflower stem for $1 or six for $5!

If you would like to help us maintain the sunflower border, we will gift you with a bouquet of sunflowers!

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    Mead Club for Enthusiasts

    Can’t get enough Mead in your life? Well fret not, we’re here to support you in your love of mead. Consider joining the Campbell’s Gold Mead Club and access early notice of new releases, great discounts on all your mead purchases, and other great benefits!

    Other Upcoming Events

    Campbell’s Gold will also be involved in other off-farm events throughout the year, as well as regular attendance at local farmers markets. Find a listing of all other events on our News & Events Page.