Registration for our 2021 Short Course is OPEN!

BUMBA, the Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association, is pleased to announce our annual class, “Beginners Guide to Beekeeping” and is accepting registrations for our 2021 class.

Registration is $50 per family, which includes a one-year membership to BUMBA.

  • When: Thursday evenings, Feb 11 - Mar 25, 2021, 7-9 P.M.
  • Where: online, instructions provided to registered students
  • Resource: The book "Beekeeper's Handbook can be found on Amazon.
Register HERE

This seven-week course is designed to get you started in the fascinating hobby of keeping honey bees. In this class you will learn how to set up your own bee hive, how to handle, work with and manage the bees, how to keep them healthy, and, of course, what you can do with all of that honey you will be rewarded with. Due to the COVID19 pandemic we are keeping everyone safe by teaching online using Google Classroom and ZOOM. The two-hour classes will be held from 7 P.M to 9 P.M. on Thursday nights beginning on February 11th. A syllabus will be published online along with a BUMBA internet website forum with a wealth of information.

The class is taught by experienced BUMBA members, beekeepers with years of experience in keeping bees and making wonderful products from the honey they produce. We teach from “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, available online and in some bookstores. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the book to follow along with the instructors.

PLEASE NOTE: registrations are not final until we receive your course fee, and places will be given on a first-come, first served basis based on date of payment. Registration is limited to assure individual instruction.

Why so early in the year?

If you want to start a hive in the Mid-Atlantic region you need to plan on having it going by mid to end of April (if installing a package—a common way of beginning which we will explain), or by the first week of May if starting with a nucleus colony (less common, but more reliable means of starting a colony).  Bees need to be ordered by February or early March at the latest to ensure being able to obtain them, and you should have all equipment built and painted by April 1st at the latest to allow paint to dry and air out.

For further information contact:

Beekeeping Class
Vic Curtis,
Allan Storm