Backyard Beekeeping

Date and Price Coming Soon

Join me for this overview class on how to keep bees in your own backyard. You will gain practical knowledge of what a typical year of beekeeping is like in Phoenix, and leave this course with a solid grounding on how to set up and manage your very first hive.

About the author


Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.


  • Cricket – I am interested in Bee Keepers both in our Phoenix neighborhood and our Payson property.
    Greg Peterson referred you to me.
    I started reading your blogs and podcasts among other info and ‘love it’ !
    Interested in upcoming classes but especially Bee Keepers groups close to my areas, and how to connect with them – asap.
    Appreciate your help very much🙏🐝

    • Hi Carol.
      I’m so happy you are interested in beekeeping! Please join the Arizona Backyard Beekeepers facebook group. It is the best group for information and help. We are all willing to do what we can to support Arizona beekeepers and those who love bees.

      Also check out my website, and

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