The Beekeeper Blog

Journey Level fee increase

Are you a certified Apprentice? Have you been considering the Journey Level? The fee for the Journey Level will be increasing to $200 on Septemer 1, 2015! Sign up before Sept 1 to save $50.

For more information on what the Journey Level entails, please see the links on the left under Journey Program. You don't need experience beyond the Apprentice Level to enroll! Advanced training and community service are the focus of the Journey Level. We also offer many exciting events such as a Lab Day (see blog post below), Field Day, and Oregon Master Beekeeper Institute in November.

Questions? Contact us at

Apprentice News

Friday in the Apiary: August 21, 2015

Mites, mites, mites. It seems that's all we talk about these days. They sure take all the fun out of beekeeping! Join us on August 21 from 3-5pm at the OSU apiary as we go through the OMB colonies and sample for mites. The colonies have been treated with Mite Away Quick Strips and we want to know if our treatment was effective. 

We will also have a special guest, John Bassinette, OSU pesticide specialist and Journey-level participant, who will talk to us about using miticides safely.

Please email Carolyn Breece ( to RSVP and for directions. Bring your hat/veil and gloves and water.

Apprentice News

Central Oregon: Saturday in the Apiary!

On August 1, 2015, the first Saturday in the Apiary took place at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) in Madras. Eight beekeepers braved the triple digit temperatures to look at the colonies at the Research Center's apiary. Heike Williams, OMB committee member and COARC research technician, led the group through colony inspections. Cathy Platin, a certified apprentice in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program, describes her experience.


On Saturday Aug. 1st, I attended the first Saturday in the Apiary at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Madras. I almost did not attend due to the extremely high temperatures but am very glad I did.

Heike was a wealth of knowledge and guided us through many steps of beekeeping including how she lights her smoker, what to look for when observing a hive, and then going into the heart of the hive where we checked for its queen rightness, stores, egg laying patterns, how to balance a weak hive by taking a frame from a strong one and putting it inside. She showed us queen cages and the best ways to place them within the hive while addressing the best strategies for successful queen introduction. She invited many of us to open the hives and look at the frames, then telling her what we saw. Later we went back in the classroom and had a further question and answer time which allowed for individual beekeepers to address concerns they had in their own hives.

It was a very successful day. I was quite thankful to have Heike's knowledge and to have a forum where we could come together and improve our skills as beekeepers. I look forward to the next session...

The next Saturday in the Apiary will be combined with an advanced beekeeping workshop on August 29, 2015. September’s Saturday in the Apiary will be on September 26, 2015. Please contact Heike Williams for more information:

All photos copyright of Debra Hollern.

Apprentice News

Congratulations Max Kuhn!

Saturday, June 27, 2015, Max Kuhn successfully completed the Practical Exam, his final requirement, to become a certified Journey in the Oregon Master Beekeeper program.