MABA Beekeeping Short Course

MABA Beekeeping Short Course

The Atlanta History Center has partnered with the Metro Atlanta Beekeeping Association (MABA) to host the MABA Short Course to share the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Short Course students through the MABA Hive Inspection program. In the MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

Join our MABA Short Course and learn what you need to know to get started keeping honey bees.

Featured 2017 Short Course Speakers:

  • Jennifer Berry is the research coordinator and lab manager of the UGA Honeybee program. She holds a Masters degree in entomology and was awarded Georgia Beekeeper of the Year.
  • Keith Fielder is a County Extension Coordinator with the University of Georgia. He operates Rocky Hill Honey Farm, in Eatonton, Georgia. He is a Senior Welsh Honey Judge and was awarded the Georgia Beekeeper of the Year.
  • Bob Binnie, owner of Blue Ridge Honey Company, is a commercial beekeeper that currently manages about 300 beehives and was awarded Georgia Beekeeper of the Year.

Fee for the 2017 one day course is $105, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, honey ice cream snack, and one year of free access to MABA sponsored Hive Inspections.

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For more information, please email Chris Jones at