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Queen Rearing and Cell Grafting Class 2023

You are eligible to sign up if you meet and agree to the following requirements and criteria:

1.     Queen Cell Grafting requires manual dexterity, depth perception, a very steady hand, and visual acuity (good eyesight or purchased magnification)
2.     A knowledge of basic bee husbandry and ability to evaluate strong, extremely well populated hives
3.     A history of keeping colonies alive over several seasons
4.     Successful in making splits
5.     Able to sacrifice one, preferable two, overwintered production hives for the class and a portion of, or all of the production year
6.     A recent mite count, and if count exceeded 2% threshold, treatment completed before class start date
7.     Able to find queens, whether marked or unmarked
8.     An understanding that to continue Queen Rearing and Cell Grafting Class, additional costs may be incurred for items to continue grafting

  Class size will be limited to 12 participants.  Must attend both Theory classes in order to participate in Hands-on class.

Two-Week Theory Class taught by Scott Famous by Zoom invitation:

Thursday, April 13  from 7 – 9 PM AND

Thursday, April 20 from 7 – 9 PM 

Hands-On Class taught by Dr. Vincent Aloyo at his residence:

Participants from the Theory class will be split into one of the two sessions:

Saturday, April 29 from 9 – 11:30 AM or

Saturday, April 29 from 1 – 3:30 PM

Rain / cold weather date is May 6th.


  • Theory Class: $70  
  • Hands-On Class: $125– includes cell bar, Chinese grafting tools, and cell cupsRegistration link will be made available to Theory class participants .

Only payment for the Theory class will be required when registering.

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Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.

Our meetings are held at:

Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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