Walter T. Kelley's Beekeeping 201 Class

The third Saturday in March, 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. This class is the follow-up to the Beekeeping 101 class.These classes will be taught in January, February and March.

Class Dates:


Beekeeping 201 - Class outline

  • First morning session (1.5 hours)
    • Intro (15 minutes)
    • Honey bee biology review (15 minutes)
    • Varroa mites: monitoring & control (50-60 minutes)
  • Second morning session (1.25 hours)
    • Common queen problems (45 minutes)
    • Honey bee nutrition (30 minutes)
  • First afternoon session (1.5HR)
    • Wax moths & small hive beetles (45 minutes)
    • American & European Foulbrood (45minutes)
  • Second afternoon session (75 minutes)
    • Yearly management outline (60 minutes)
    • Swarm control & making nucs (15 minutes)
  • Closing session (30 minutes)
    • Hiving swarms (10 minutes)
    • Q&A (20 minutes)

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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