This month's beekeeping workshop class at U.S.F. Botanical Gardens in Tampa Fl. was the one I've been waiting for,queen rearing and grafting queens.Raising queens has been the most intriguing,confusing,and difficult part for me to understand since I've taken up beekeeping.We met up with another couple from the Sarasota area the Rast had told me might be there(Rast had met them on a camping excursion a few weeks ago,and are also members here on the forum rcihy and his wife. We started with a lecture from Americas Beekeeper(our instructor and member here on the forum)about the hows and whys of queen rearing,then it was off to the apiary for the hands on training of grafting. We started out getting our cell starter nucs ready,by taking 4 frames with as much honey and pollen that we could find to make sure the nurse bees had plenty to work with. Next we located frames that contained the right age brood for grafting. Then it was off to the grafting tables to try our luck.The first 3 pics are me and Rcihys wife trying our luck at grafting. Me and Rcihy hard at work. Next we placed are hopeful cell bars into the starter nucs we made up. The next day we returned it was time to check our cell bars frames to see if any grafts took.And from what Americas Beekeeper told it looked as if we did ok.The bees were busy working the grafts when we removed the cell bar frame. Next we selected a strong cell builder hive that was boiling with bees to start building the queen cells,and placed our cell bar frames into it. Afterwards Americas Beekeeper showed the class how to do a cut out with several large burr comb that was removed from the cell builder hive. We all had had a great learning experience all weekend and had loads of fun doing so.I want to thank Americas Beekeeper from taking his free time to give to all of us,to teach us how to graft and raise our own queens.He told us we can come back around July 27th to transfer our handiwork into mating nucs.I'll post another thread on that if I don't have to work that day.