Tumalo Bee Academy

Where locals come to get their hive on.

We believe in the sustainable future of Honey Bee populations worldwide

We have beehives and bees available for purchase. In conjunction with our inventory of the honey bees, we offer a full curriculum of education for the proper caring and raising of bees. Tumalo Bee Academy, hosts an open class every 2nd Tuesday of every month. You can join at any time with a punch card for $25. The academy also offers the full package; bees, hive, class book, one class per month and optional free infield classes all year long, approximately 30 added classes and outdoor hive work.

Our Teachers


  • Master Bee Keeper instructor Stephen Harris teaches Beekeeping for OSU and has presented around the state for the last 40 years.
  • Jim Anderson is a long time area published naturalist and wildlife expert. Jim has been educating nature enthusiasts around the west for 50 years. He is renowned for his studies on eagles and birds of prey in Central Oregon.
  • Michael Ludeman is the owner and developer of Tumalo Garden Market, as well as longtime Eastern and Central Oregon wildlife and nature enthusiast.

Our Bees

We can provide you with a starter hive to give an initial home to your honeybees. Our Bees are raised locally and are acclimated to Central Oregon. Our hives consist of a two-piece telescoping metal cover which protects the hive in wind, rain and heat as it ‘telescopes’ out over the inner cover protecting the hive from water and at the same time allowing much needed ventilation during the days with warmer or hot weather. The hive body contains ten commercial grade waxed foundations. The light coating of beeswax on them helps the bees to accept and start using their new home. The bottom board is the base of your hive that it sits upon. It too is multi-functional in that it is reversible, so that you can minimize or optimize the entrance space for your bees.

Tumalo Bee Academy

You can learn more about the absolutely intriguing life of the Honey Bee at Tumalo Bee Academy.  We will educate you on the three types of bees: the queen, the worker and the drone. The Queen Bee’s sole purpose is to lay eggs. During the height of the Queen Bee’s laying season, she can produce around 1500 eggs a day. The Worker Bees are sterile female bees. As their name implies all they do is work. The Drone Bee’s main function is to be ready to fertilize a receptive Queen. If he isn’t fortunate to find a Queen to mate with, the Worker Bees will force him out of the hive come winter, as he is no longer deemed useful.

Learn More!

This is just a smitten of information you will receive on the Honey Bee at Tumalo Bee Academy at Tumalo Garden Market every second Tuesday 6pm.  Call for more Information. 541-728-0088

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Spring Hours

Spring is here and we're open.

Tues - Sat - 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday - 11 AM to 3 PM

Got a question? Give us a call:
(541) 728-0088



Earth's Art / Tumalo Garden Market was awarded as one of the “Top 100 Revolutionary” Garden Centers in the United States in both 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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