Beginning Beekeeping by Tanya Phillips



So I guess it’s finally coming true… ūüôā

For those of you who have found me to be slightly out of touch the last few months, it’s because I was busy working on a beekeeping book for beginners. ūüôā ¬†I am excited to announce that the release¬†date is set for March 14, 2017 and pre-orders are available now on Amazon!

The publisher is DK Publishing out of Ohio, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House!  My photographer for the book is AMAZING, too!  Her name is Kimberly Davis and she has worked so hard to bring this book to life with all the great shots in the bee yard!

I can’t wait to share my work with everyone!

Expect to see a lot of advertising as it gets closer to print!

Thanks for all your support!


CLICK BELOW to pre-order!


2016 Class Schedule ONLINE NOW! :)

We have some new classes on the menu and another instructor here at Bee Friendly Austin!

Les Crowder is offering 4 different classes this Spring with varying dates, so sign up now!

I also have my 2 classes posted through April.  We have to wait till its good and warm to do the hands on classes, so please be patient.

I will add more classes in February and March if it’s gets warm enough, but I have a feeling Winter isn’t quite over yet, so I am waiting a bit.

All the classes are are posted on the schedule of classes and visable on the calendar, so go check them out.

To sign up for my classes, go into the “shop now” page under classes. ¬†For Les’ classes, he has a link below the dates he is offering the classes. ¬†The link takes you into his square page.

Thats it! See you soon!

Tanya & Les

Les Crowder Workshop May 30-31, 2015 – Keeping Bees Naturally


World renowned Top Bar Guru Les Crowder is coming to Austin for a workshop on May 30th and 31st.

Both workshop days are 10am-4pm with a one hour lunch break.
Location is Bee Friendly Austin Apiary – 9874 Wier Loop Circle; Austin, Tx 78736

Saturday’s workshop will be geared more towards first and second year beekeepers with topics such as beginning beekeeping, natural and chemical free hive control, honey extraction and more.

Sunday’s workshop will include more advanced topics such as management for honey production vs management for hive increase, queen raising, beeswax rendering and uses, pollination with top bar hives, and more.

Workshop will be at the Bee Friendly Austin Classroom and Apiary in SW Austin and will have limited seating available.  Each day includes a hands on portion in the Bee Yard with live beehives, you must dress appropriately!  Please bring, rent, buy, or borrow a bee suit you are comfortable using.  You may attend 1 day or both days.  Early registration discount if you register by May 3, 2015.

CLICK HERE to register!

*Refunds will incur cancellation fees as follows:
Requests prior to May 3rd – $10 cancellation fee
Requests between May 4- May 10 – $20 cancellation fee
Requests between May 11- May 17 – $30 cancellation fee
Requests between May 18- May 24 – $40 cancellation fee
Requests between May 25- May 28 – $50 cancellation fee

Liability Disclaimer: By purchasing you are agreeing to sign a participant waiver. The waiver will apply to all participants you register. If the parent or guardian is not present at the lesson, please print the waiver, obtain the signature of the guardian, and bring it to the session.


Travis County Beekeepers Association Meetings are on 1st Monday of each month!

beesThe next TCBA meeting will be Feb. 2 at 7pm in the Zilker Botanical Gardens meeting room.

Parking is free when you tell them you are attending the meeting! ūüėČ

Topics are:

The Business of Buying Bees; What and When to buy! – Danny Weaver of Bee Weaver Apiary

Hive Components and Top Bar Hives; what you need to get started – Tanya Phillips

Setting up the Bee Yard – Chuck Reburn

2014 – World renowned Beekeeper & Author Les Crowder comes to Austin ~ October 24-26th!!!!



Join us at Bee Friendly Austin Apiary for a wonderful weekend learning about bees, top bars, managing hives and much more with Les Crowder, Author of Top-Bar Beekeeping!  2 full days of learning in the classroom and out with the bees.  Early bird registration is only $120 for BOTH DAYS!  SAVE $30! You must register and pay by October 3, 2014 to get the discount.  

Friday night – FREE Discussion with Les on how beekeeping is improving and how bees help agriculture. Open to the public. (location to be announced, soon)

October 25, 2014 – Saturday – 10am-4pm – Beginning Top Bar Hive Beekeeping – $80

Octover 26, 2014 – Sunday – 10am-4pm – Seasonal Hive Management – $80
BOTH DAYS – $120 – Early Bird – by Oct 3, 2014
BOTH DAYS – $150 – Regular Price – after Oct 3, 2014

You may attend 1 day or both!  REGISTER NOW!