Beginners Beekeeping Course April 2023

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  • April 1 and April 2, 2023
     April 1, 2023 - April 2, 2023
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Calgary and District Beekeepers Association (CDBA) is pleased to present a City of Calgary approved Beginner’s Beekeeping Course. This course covers topics that you need to know to start beekeeping and become a hobby beekeeper in your own backyard or become a commercial beekeeper. It is designed to provide the knowledge you will need for the entire beekeeping year.



Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023

      • 12-14 hours of beekeeping instruction and hands-on practice.


Palliser Bayview Pumphill Community Hall
2323 Palliser Drive S.W. Calgary


$250 includes:

      • a 2023 membership to Calgary and District Beekeepers Association;
      • the book Beekeeping in Western Canada;
      • 12-14  hours of beekeeping instruction from Ron Miksha and Neil Bertram;
      • lunch, snacks, and beverages;
      • a spring apiary visit; and,
      • a certificate of completion following attendance which is required for beekeeping in Calgary as of January 2022.

Course content will include:

      • Bee biology and colony behaviour
      • Bee purchase options
      • Beekeeping equipment and tools
      • Beekeeping safety
      • Hive Location Selection
      • Hive Management during spring, summer, fall and overwintering (including swarm management, feeding and queen replacement)
      • Pest and disease management
      • Harvesting and extracting honey
      • Natural nectar sources and pollination
      • Beekeeping regulations in Alberta and City of Calgary Bylaws (including general guidelines for urban beekeeping)


Ron Miksha began managing the family’s 300 hives at age 16. Soon after, he moved to Florida to raise queens. Then a beekeeper talked Ron into buying 400 hives in southwest Saskatchewan – no money down! Ron grew that business to a thousand hives. Ten years later, Ron sold his honey farm and went to the U of Sask, keeping 350 hives near Saskatoon while earning a geophysics degree. Next, it was Calgary and a few hobby hives south of town and later, in his backyard. Ron has written for the British Bee Quarterly, American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, BC’s BeesCene, and the Canadian Honey Council’s Hivelights. He is author of the book Bad Beekeeping and the blog A past president of the Calgary and District Beekeepers’ Association, Ron is a director of the Western Apicultural Society. Currently, Ron is working on an MSc in bee ecology at the University of Calgary.



Neil Bertram grew up on a grain, cattle and commercial honey farm in Manitoba where he spent winters hunting and trapping in the area. Neil obtained a Diploma in Machine Shop from Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB. He has been a welder, owner and operator of a sawmill business, leech trapping business and part-time professional hunting guiding. He spent 10 winters commuting to Saskatchewan and Alberta to work winters in the oilfield for Schlumberger Oilfield Service to help grow his own commercial honey farm back in Manitoba. Neil grew the size of his farm up to 700 hives before moving to Alberta. Now, he has an acreage with about 300 hives near Trochu, Alberta, which is operated entirely off the grid. Neil has been working bees for over 30 years. Neil is a past treasurer of the Calgary and District Beekeepers’ Association.