Education & Workshops - Campbells Gold BC Honey Farm & Meadery
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Education & Workshops

Why We Like to Educate

Through our own education and experience working with bees and in agriculture, we are acutely aware of the importance of both to a healthy, sustainable future for our communities, both local and abroad. For this reason, Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery places equal importance on the sharing of our knowledge as we do on producing premium honey-based products.

We strive to educate others about the importance of bees, and inspire our peers and younger generations to embrace our place in the natural world and make a habit of positive practices that support the healthy future we all desire.

Beginner Beekeeping Course
Beginner Beekeeping Course
Workshops & Classes
Workshops & Classes

Certified Beginner Beekeeper Courses

This year we will once again be offering the BC Honey Producers Association certified Beginner Beekeeping Course.
We have decided to run this course at the farm, and additional dates at UFV in Abbotsford, BC. See below for details and how to register.

Course Overview:

Mike & Judy Campbell are certified by the B.C. Honey Producer’s Association to teach this Beginner Beekeepers Course. This course is broken into 8 sessions, with a total of 21 hours of instruction – 15 hours in the class room and 6 hours will be experiential hands-on near, or at the hives.

Sessions Include:

Following is a guide to what will be covered in the course.

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Beekeeping Management and Hive Manipulation
  • Diseases and Pests
  • Honey, Nectar, Pollen, and Pollination
  • Honey Harvesting, Marketing, Fall & Winter Management
  • Hands on at the live honey bee colony

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.

2020 Course Dates
at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery:

The on-farm course will be the certified BCHPA course, and runs from Feb 24 to May 2, 2020.

  • Monday evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm – Feb 24, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • Saturday mornings 9 – 12pm – April 18, 25, May 2

2020 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 UFVcheck out their calendar for registration details.

Registering for the Beginner Beekeeper Course:

If you would like to register for the Certified Beginner Beekeeper course held at the farm, please contact us at info@campbellsgold.com, 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 February 24, 2020.

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

Paid Pre-registration is required for all of these events (unless otherwise specified).
To register for an event or for more information, please contact us at info@campbellsgold.com.

Sunflower border event

Sunflower Border

Date: Anytime until sunflower season is over
Time: During regular hours of operation
Location: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
Who: All ages are welcome

Sunflower Offering: A beautiful sunflower border has been planted for the bees. 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!

Campbells Gold Workshop - Bee Tai Chi

Bee Tai Chi – Tai Chi with B

When: Thursdays from 9am – 10am
First session: April 4 – June 6, 2019
Second session: June 27 – August 29
Cost: $60 pp  for a 10-week workshop, paid directly to the instructor.
Who: All ages are welcome

Join us on the farm for this guided Tai Chi experience, to be held outside in nature, amidst our bee-pollinated flower fields.*  Simply bring yourself and comfy clothes!

Pre-payment required. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the session.

*Should the weather not permit, the session is held indoors at our barn loft.

Campbells Gold Workshop - Open Hive Thursdays

Open Hive Thursdays

When: Aug 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2019 | 2pm – 3pm
Cost: $5 pp  |  Who: All ages, drop-ins welcome!

Adventure with Master Beekeepers Mike and Judy Campbell, and their daughter Jenny, into live hives and watch their beekeeping activities.

We will provide a little theory, but mostly this will be a time that you follow along with the beekeepers on whatever their beekeeping routine is for the day.

Bring all of your questions!

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

Campbells Gold Workshop - Fall & Winter Hive Management

Fall & Winter Hive Management Workshop

When: Saturday Aug 24, 2019 | from 9am-11:30am
Cost: $15 pp*  drop-in welcome
*Free for those taking the Beginner Beekeeper course at Campbells Gold in 2019
Who: All ages – for the general public and new beekeepers alike

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!:

Campbells Gold Workshop - Mead Making for Beginners

Mead Making for Beginners

When: Sep 27 & 28, 2019 | Fri 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
Cost: $250 pp*

Intro to mead making is over two days, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

Friday evening is about sensory issues associated with wine and the Saturday is an active day where we learn about cleanliness and making a batch of Mead.  Participants can’t take the Mead away but we offer bottles of finished wine as part of the course fee.

*Participants must be 19 years or older

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

Mason bees

Mason Bee Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Location: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
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. Two years ago, he started to build Mason Bee Condo homes which are now placed by him for free in Surrey and Langley Parks, golf courses and many homes. More locations for placing his Mason Bee homes are always something he thinks about. He attends trade shows where he puts his Mason Bee homes on display for sale. He is now holding workshops at various business locations to pass on his knowledge and hopefully inspire others to get involved in the Mason Bee experience.
Saving our environment one Bee at a time.

Werner will have both Mason Bees and Mason Bee houses for sale at the workshop.

To register call 604-856-2125 or email info@campbellsgold.com

Campbells Gold Workshop - Let's Plant for Bees

Let’s Plant for the Bees

When: April 20, 2019  | 1pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE fun for all ages!

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).

Campeblls Gold Workshop - Spring Happenings in the Hive

Spring Happenings in the Hive

When: May 18, 2019 | 10am – 12pm
Cost: $15 pp* drop-in welcome
*Free for those taking the Beginner Beekeeper course at Campbells Gold in 2019
Who: for the general public and new beekeepers alike

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 - Junior Beekeepers Day Camp

Junior Beekeepers Day Camp

When: July 8 – 12, 2019 |  9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: $210*  |  Who: Ages 8-12

Only a $50 deposit is needed to secure your seat!
*reduced cost for 2nd and subsequent children

 

This is a day camp where children from 8 – 12 become beekeepers.  They learn about the hive body, about the 3 castes of bees in the hive, how important pollination is for our food supply…and much more.  They assist in the live hive, harvest honey and make beehive products…Some go on in later years to take up beekeeping as a hobby but all have a much deeper understanding of an important part of nature and the roots of their food supply.

Added value! In each of the activities throughout the week, there is  take-home honey, a bee hive product, beeswax candles (rolled, dipped, and molded receiving least 6-8 candles), and we provide snacks all week including a graduation ceremony on the last day!

To secure your spot, please complete the registration form below and return to us or register directly online and pay only your deposit.

Campbells Gold Workshop - Beeswax Candle Class

Beeswax Candle Classes

When: July 4 & 25, 2019 |  10am – 11:30am
Cost: $20 pp  |  Who: All ages welcome

This is a basic beginner rolled beeswax candle making class and we learn to make candles in 2 different styles.  All ages welcome. Candle making classes for teams can be a great team building activity.  An advanced fluted and tapered candle class is available for those wishing more of a challenge.

Campeblls Gold - Mid-Summer Mead Fest

Mid-Summer Mead Fest

When: July 27th, 2019 |  7pm – 10pm
Cost: $35 pp  |  Who: Open to all adults

*Tickets available until July 20th!

This is a mid-summer adult evening party.

Enjoy farm-to-plate bites, honey wine (mead) pairings, and music. We had so much fun last year, we can’t wait to host it again!

If you are interested in attending, please register for a ticket!
**SPECIAL – We are offering 10% off any Mead for those registering for the Mead Fest or for anyone who can bring in a Mead Fest ticket in-store after the event.   Offer will be valid up to Dec 31, 2019.   Although we cannot sell any Mead the night of the event, we can take orders and honour the 10% discount to those who are registered and/or who can present a ticket after the event.
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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.