Introduction to Beekeeping

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Cornell Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agricultural Program is excited to announce the fall 2021 L.E.A.F. workshop, Introduction to Beekeeping. This course is scheduled for, Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The LEAF (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Series is open to beginning farmers, established farms looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, homesteaders, and EVERYONE in between!

Honeybees are amazing creatures. Have you ever considered what it might be like to have your own hives of bees? You could become a beekeeper! Getting started or even knowing if this is the right fit for you may seem a bit over whelming. Luckily here in Chautauqua County we have some generous and very knowledgeable beekeepers. Dennis and Laura LaMonica have offered to share their expertise in as part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s fall L.E.A.F. program.

Our Introduction to Bee Keeping workshop will inform you of all you need to know to make an educated decision about how and if you want to start a hive of your own. The emphasis of the presentation will be informing potential beekeepers about what to expect, how to prepare and what is required of the beekeeper. If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so, no prerequisite knowledge is required. This workshop will focus on natural beekeeping practices. So, even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this class will still have a lot to offer you.


  • The Anatomy of Bees
  • The Honeybee Life Cycle
  • The Role of the Drone Bee
  • The Role of the Queen Bee
  • The Role of the Worker Bee
  • Preparing Your Beehive
  • Feeding Bees
  • Keeping Records
  • The Beehive Inspection
  • And much more

Taking a beekeeping class is essential for today’s beekeeper. There is no need to try it on your own, let us help welcome you to beekeeping!

A variety of L.E.A.F. workshops are being held this fall at the Jamestown Community College Carnahan Center, 525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY. Workshops are just $5 per person and early registration is requested. Visit or call 716-664-9502 Ext. 209 or email to register, or for more information. Masks are required and CDC COVID guidelines will be followed.

The Agricultural Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.