Resources for Beekeepers

Residential Beekeeping Guidelines

Andony Melathopoulos | Ralph (Mike) Rodia | Jen Holt | Ramesh R. Sagili

This publication outlines guidelines for best practices for beekeeping in residential areas. It outlines the steps residential beekeepers can take to operate their bees in nuisance-free manner.

Beekeeping Classes and Workshops

Oregon Master Beekeeper Program: A comprehensive beekeeping training program that is a collaboration between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. The program includes beginner (Apprentice), intermediate (Journey) and advanced (Master) levels that also includes pairing new beekeepers with experienced mentors.

Oregon State Beekeepers Association (OSBA): Regional chapters of the OSBA frequently host “Bee School.” A listing of upcoming class is available on the OSBA website:

Private Classes: A number of private organizations also offer beekeeping classes. These include beekeeping supply companies, local community organizations, and local beekeepers.

Beekeeping Instructional Books

Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health. Bee Health Roundtable,  2016

The Beekeeper’s Handbook Alphonse Avitabile and Diana Sammataro, Cornell University Press, 2006

The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden. Kim Flottum, Quarry Books, 2010

Beekeeping Instructional Videos:

Beekeeping Skill Demonstrations (2017), University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre

An Introduction to Beekeeping, Bee Informed Project (2014)

Honey Bees and Beekeeping (1993), University of Georgia (25 part series)