Coastal Empire Beekeepers Assn.

  Located within the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Ga.

FUNdamentals of Beekeeping 101 Workshop

Since 2008, CEBA has offered a day-long beekeeping workshop at the end of February, the best time of the year to start beekeeping.

Session topics, which may vary each year, include:

  • Basic beekeeping equipment
  • Installing packages vs. nucs
  • Where to place your urban bee hives
  • Honey bee biology
  • Varroa mites, hive beetles and other infestations
  • Honey, chunk comb and wax

As part of the Registration Fee, participants receive the book "First Lessons in Beekeeping" by Keith S. Delaplane.

During this event, CEBA also sells raffle tickets for a number of beekeeping tools and two NUCs - a small but complete colony of bees. They are a great way to start a new hive.

The workshop is open to the public. CEBA members can repeat the FUNdamentals Basic for free if they have been members for at least six months. All participants must be at least 16 years old.

Workshops have limited classroom sizes. Registration with payment is required to participate. 

For more information about this workshop, email

FUNdamentals Instructors for 2021

Bill Owens - Bill owns and operates Georgia Bee Removal LLC, which covers all of Georgia. From 2004-2006, he assisted in field research at the University of Georgia honey bee lab. In 2006, after five years of study, Bill earned a Master Craftsman certification through the University of Georgia and Young Harris College - the only person in Georgia until 2014. Bill had research published in Apidologie. In 2011, he co-wrote the book "Honey Bee Removal: A Step by Step Guide."

Bobby Colson - Bobby writes, "My dad had bees when I was a kid, and, in 1989, Gail and I went to Florida to visit a cousin who had bees. We talked beekeeping all week. When we started home, my cousin had loaded my truck with bee supplies. Soon we got two hives and before long we had 450 hives. B&G Honey Farm was born. Sadly, we lost 350 hives to Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006/2007, but have since built the business back up. Today, we run about 150 hives and sell honey, package bees and nucs from Ogeechee River to Brunswick, from Savannah to Augusta."

David E. Arnal - David's beekeeping endeavors began in 1988 when he was studying architecture at Clemson University and tending five established bee hives. Since then, his fascination with beekeeping has been both an agricultural pursuit and intellectual study. Today, this pursuit has become the basis of his avocation. In 1990, he earned a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in Landscape Ecology from Harvard University. In the mid 1990s, David launched a gourmet bottled honey business on Hilton Head Island while working with environmentally conscious real estate developers. He is also the president of the Beaufort- Jasper Beekeepers Assn.

Images from the 2018 workshop

Photos by CEBA member and beekeeper Aaron Pompeii
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