Walter T. Kelley's Beekeeping 101 Class

The first Saturday in January, Kelley’s offers a class to educate new beekeepers and enhance the learning of those who are more experienced. The class which begins at 9:00 am CST and ends at approximately 4:00 pm is held at the Clarkson, KY facility.  There will be a morning and afternoon break and a 1 hour lunch break (restaurants are within reasonable driving distance). The fee for this class is $30.00 per person and the class size is limited to 50 people. If weather permits, we will do a live inspection of an active hive. These classes will be taught in December, January, February and March. Presentation developed by Phil Craft, former Kentucky State Apiarist. The classes will be lead by Chris Renfrow.

Class Dates:


  • How Beekeepers keep bees
    • Basic Honey Bee Biology
    • Hive Terminology / Beekeeping Equipment             
    • Hive Assembly / Location
  • Bee Sources / Installation
  • Hive Inspections / Best Beekeeping Practices
  • Common Beekeeping Problems
    • Queen Problems
    • Nutritional Issues (feeding)
    • Varroa Mites
  • First Year Management

Beekeeping 101 Presenter Profile: Chris Renfrow  

Depending on the day of the week, you could find me doing a number of community roles.  Weekdays, I work as a paramedic with Owensboro, Daviess, & Breckenridge County Ambulance Services.  Any day or hour in between, I will be decked in a white mesh jacket and veil tending to my hives. 

Eleven years ago, my family and I decided to start keeping bees.  We started out with three hives which turned into 200 at one time. Now, because of my busy schedule, we are back down to 30. I have a passion for queen rearing and have raised New World Carniolans, VSH, and Italian queens. I also have contracted bees to facilitate pollination of over 4 million melons in Kentucky. I wanted my daughters, Marissa Lynn, 20 and Crystal June, 17, to have knowledge about giving back to nature and be able to know what it’s like to provide for themselves. Now, it’s just our way of life.

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