Beekeeping Classes


Beginner's Class - North Belt Center - North Central Missouri College

St. Jospeh, MO - January 19th, 2019 (9am - 5pm) - one day class - Cost $55 DUE TO A FORECASTED WINTER STORM, THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 26TH.

North Central Missouri Beekeeper's Association

Macon, MO - February 9th, 2019 (Inclement weather date is February 16th) - North Central Missouri Beekeeper's Association - Location: Macon High School, Time: Registration begins at 8:00, class begins at 8:30 AM., Instructors: Jim and Valerie Duever, Cost: $60 - price includes a book (First Lessons in Beekeeping), snacks and class materials.  There are several restaurants nearby for lunch or you may bring your own. To register please call Tammy (Crooked Hill Beekeeping) at (660) 214-0132.  Seating is limited. 

Boone Regional Beekeepers

 Columbia, MO - January 19th, 2019 (Inclement weather date is January 26th.) More information should be posted soon on the club website.

Jim N I Farms

Missouri - Jim and Valerie Duever offer several clesses in partnership with the Columbia Area Career Center, the University of Missouri-Extension Offices and various beekeeping associations. Information on their upcoming classes can be found on their website.

Midwestern Beekeeper's Association

Lee Summit, MO - February 23rd, 2019 - 7:30 to 4:30,  $65

Missouri Tax Exempt Form 149

  •  The Missouri Department of Revenue now classifies honey bees as livestock. This allows bees and most beekeeping equipment to be purchased sales tax exempt. You will not need a 149 Form to purchase bees tax exempt, but you will need one for equipment purchases. We will have these forms available in the store, but we are providing this link if you would like to fill one out before visiting us. We will keep this form on file for any future purchases.  You will only need to fill in the following sections: 1. Name, 2. Telephone number, 3. Address, 4. Describe product or services  purchased exempt from tax (you can put "honey bees and beekeeping equipment" in this section to cover anything you might need), 5. Type of business (you can put honey or beekeeping in this section), 6. Check mark the Agricultural box, 7. Sign and date the form, you can put "owner" in the title box.  This form already has Crooked Hill Beekeeping's information filled in.


Here is a link to help protect your bees, orchards and gardens from overspray and drift of agricultural chemicals.

Bee Candy Recipe

Bee Candy - used to feed bees in winter or early spring if they running out of honey)


Utensils Needed 

Heavy pan with lid
Extra Pot
Stirring Spoon
Thermometer that reads up to 234 degrees
Electric Mixer

Disposable molds (foil or waxed paper lined plates or pie pans work well)


8 cups of sugar (4 pound bag of sugar)
2 cups of water
½ teaspoon white vinegar
(You can double the recipe to make about six 9” plates 1/2” deep)


1. Pour all ingredients into pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. 

2. Cover and boil 5 minutes.
3. Insert candy thermometer and boil until temperature reaches 234 degrees.
4. Remove from heat and cool to 200 degrees.
5. Whip with electric mixer until mixture begins to turn white with air bubbles throughout.
6. Pour into molds and allow to cool undisturbed.
7. Store in a dry location or freezer