Duration: 3.5 hours
Location: Main Apiary in Myakka City, Florida (just 30 minutes east of Sarasota)
Cost Per Person: $125.00 per person, Children 12-16 $75.00, Not suitable for small children (See our 1.5 Hour Apiary Tour)
Group Size: 2 (minimum), 10 person maximum
Provided: All bee suits and protection and tools are provided
Includes all the education in our Honey Bee Farm Experience Tour - PLUS!
Additional time working bee hives alongside one of our beekeepers, this is a working bee farm experience as you help with many of the daily tasks of a beekeeper.
This is an opportunity for someone interested in beekeeping or a person who is already beekeeping and wants to have a mentor by your side to answer questions as you work completing daily hive tasks. This is especially helpful because it allows you to see and experience many hive conditions and learn how to respond.
An introduction to queen rearing for the production of queen cells and mated queens
Learn what to expect in your first year of beekeeping including a calendar of tasks that a first year beekeeper would need to perform.
An introduction on Integrated Pest Management within the hive to keep bees healthy!
Must sign a Liability Release Waiver. Each participant must sign (or their parents or legal guardian) a hold-harmless agreement that will be available at the apiary on the day of the tour or if need be, we can email the form to you for prior signatures. This agreement ensures that you or the parent / legal guardian understands the inherent risk around a working bee hive and we will not be held liable for bee stings, allergic reactions, or unsafe behavior by participants of your tour as well as our right to refuse a participant a tour if we deem they are acting in an unsafe manner at the apiary and near the beehives.
If you are serious about beekeeping and want to learn more, our commercial Beekeeping Experience is for you! For those wanting to be introduced to beekeeping for the first time, see our Bee Farm Experience (1.5hrs) as it will be better suited for you. Our Commercial Beekeeping Experience is for the more serious person who wants to shorten the learning curve in the different aspects of beekeeping. We wish we had this available when we started!