Beginning Beekeeping

  • Private Residence Sarasota, FL USA

This basic workshop is designed especially for beginning beekeepers or those thinking about taking up beekeeping for fun or profit. An optional potluck will take place immediately following the workshop to provide an opportunity to socialize with other participants and ask additional questions.

Topics to be discussed include capturing swarms, minimizing stings, dealing with pests, beeswax production, beneficial plants, boosting weak hives, the value of bees to society, and Colony Collapse Disorder. Active hives will be used to demonstrate the points being discussed, and if there is honey ready to harvest, an extraction will take place as part of this workshop.

For more information, please email info@transitionsrq.org or call (941) 408-3374. Do not sign up for this workshop if you are allergic to, sensitive to, or fearful of bee stings. While being stung is unlikely, it is always a possibility.

$25 per person. This workshop is limited to the first 30 participants who formally register. Transition Sarasota membership discounts may be applied. Please pay in advance by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below or by mailing a check made out to Transition Sarasota c/o the Peace Education & Action Center to P.O. Box 2540, Sarasota FL 34230. If paying by check, please write "Beekeeping Workshop" in the memo and include your email address, so we can contact you with directions and other essential details.


About the Instructors

Peter Burkard has been keeping bees in the Sarasota area since the mid-1970’s. During this time, he has sold his honey by word-of-mouth and at his booth at the downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. Peter practices an organic approach to beekeeping and is the author of The Real Dirt: An Organic Grower's Journey and the Values That Inspired It.

Ron Burkard is an active member of the Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, mentoring new beekeepers in addition to maintaining six hives in his own backyard. Previously, Ron spent 40 years in the not-for-profit international development field, encouraging beekeeping as one of many income-generating projects for rural families.