January Beekeeping Class

One-Day Introduction to Beekeeping Course 

(a.k.a. Beekeeping Short Course)

Our one-day beekeeping course is for new beekeepers. Bobby Torbush, Master Beekeeper, will take you through your first year of beekeeping, from preparing for the arrival of your colonies to preparing them to survive winter. This course is also an excellent refresher for beekeepers to gain more confidence in working with their bees. During the day, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the Coweta Beekeeper Association, and there will be plenty of time for questions.  

Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included for the day.


January 2025

8:00 am - approximately 4:00 pm


The UGA Coweta County Extension Center -- Fairgrounds and Conference Center *

275 Pine Rd

Newnan, GA 30263

* Note that this is a different building than in past years -- it is not the same location as our regular monthly meetings. It is in the fairgrounds exhibit hall location which is the building next door to the Extension Office building. We will have signage visible on the day of the class to make sure no one gets lost!

Topics included:

  • Honeybee anatomy and colony structure
  • Beekeeper slang and the waggle dance
  • Tools, equipment, and hive assembly
  • Setting up the apiary and installing bees
  • Hive management and inspections
  • A year in the hive and nectar sources
  • Problems, diseases, and troubleshooting
  • Collecting and bottling honey
  • Smoker demonstration
  • Equipment demonstration

The Intro Course Fee Includes: 

  • 2025CBA membership for the year

  • The book First Lessons in Beekeeping
  • One club T-shirt per family membership (additional t-shirts available for an additional cost)
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks

Early Registration is $60 per person // $15 for each additional family member

Registration on day of class is $65 

Payment Method: Cash, Check or Zelle

  • To pay using cash -- please complete electronic form or print downloadable form below and bring the form/cash to the regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month (except December) -- see address below. Note: Cash received on the day of the class will NOT receive the Early Registration pricing.
  • To pay using check -- please complete electronic form or print downloadable form below and mail form along with check payable to Coweta Beekeepers Association. You may also bring the form to the regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month (except December) -- see address below.
  • To pay using Zelle - please complete the electronic form below and then send fees through Zelle to:

Zelle ID: Coweta Beekeepers Association

Zelle email: cowetabeekeepersassociation@gmail.com

If mailing/emailing registration form:

Mail registration form and check payable to Coweta Beekeepers Association to:

Bobby Torbush, Education Coordinator 

1914 Strickland Town Rd.

Luthersville, Georgia 30251 


Electronic Submission Form

Complete all fields -- type n/a if field is not applicable