Practical Beekeeping Class


  The 2012 session will be the 25th consecutive offering of this class.     The only change this year will be that it will be taught by a different instructor.     It is sponsored by the Madison County Beekeepers Association.     Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper or that is just curious about honeybees and beekeeping is welcome to attend.   


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The next class meets from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" located at 915 Monroe St., In Huntsville, AL.


 Next Class Schedule

First session Wednesday January 18, 2012
Second session Wednesday January 25, 2012
Third Session Wednesday February 15, 2012
Fourth Session Wednesday February 29, 2012


Class sessions typically run the full 3 hours including a 10 minute break.    For additional information please email the instructor:

Chris Cambron

Phone: 256 509 6015


Class Location 


Main Library

Huntsville Public Library

915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 532-5940


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This class is based on the VCR video series by Dr Keith Delaplane entitled:

Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Delaplane, K.S. 2006. Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary. 3rd edition. The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 108 pp. Orders may be placed directly through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education (call: 1-800-359-4040).


Click here to watch a preview of the video.


The class covers basic beekeeping fundamentals as well as all activities required by a new beekeeper for one full year in the apiary.


The January and February time frame for this class was chosen because it is the least busy time in the beekeeping hobby or business.    It is also a time when potential students have less other activities for the class to compete with.     It allows those interested in becoming beekeepers time to purchase bees and equipment in time to start beekeeping the same year.


About the Instructor

Photos by Chris Cambron

Chris Cambron is a crew leader for the Huntsville Utilities Gas division.     Chris has 20 colonies in a couple of locations in the New Hope, AL area and is active in honeybee removals from homes and buildings.    He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Madison County beekeepers Association.

Chris is shown removing a colony of honeybees from a tree.     The tree was cut and the bees removed manually and placed in a standard Langstroth hive with standard Hoffman frames and moved to Chris's home apiary to start pollinating local flowers and collecting their sweet nectar and converting it to honey.

Chris Cambron



Last updated 1/7/12 bob fanning