Classes & Workshops

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Classes & Workshops2019-12-26T15:14:31+00:00

Installing Your New Bees!!  Free with purchase of a nucleus colony!

Installation

This is a FREE Workshop that will walk you through how to install your new animal friends!

We will show a video of installing a package of bees and will also walk through a nucleus hive installation (without the bees inside of course!!), so you are completely comfortable and ready to take on the task on your own when the big day arrives!

We’ll have a standard set up for demonstration purposes so you can see what yours should look like when all is said and done.  This is also a great time to ask any last minute questions before your bees arrive and get any last minute tools you may need!

An Introduction to Apiculture

Bee BootcampIntrigued by honey bees? Interested in starting your own backyard hive?

This class will focus on bee biology and behavior and how to get started as a beekeeper, including discussions of city and state regulations, a demonstration of necessary equipment, and information on where you can get your own bees.

In our Bee Bootcamp program, you will get a 3 hour seminar in the bee basics of anatomy, physiology, the workings of a colony, bee gear, an introduction to handling, discussion on local and state farming regulations, and how to handle some of the simpler issues in being around a lot of bees.

Beginning Beekeeping

Beginning BeekeepingAre you ready to take your education to the next level? Are you a brand new beekeeper, or planning to get bees in the next year? Then this class is for you!

This class is dedicated to learning how to inspect a honey bee hive. This class is perfect for new beekeepers, or those preparing to start their own hives soon. Learn how, when, and why you should conduct hive inspections. We will discuss seasonal considerations, what’s ‘normal’ and what’s not, and get an introduction to the concept of integrated pest management and we will learn the basics of lighting a smoker. If you own a smoker, feel free to bring yours to practice!

The morning is dedicated to an in-class training session covering the finer details on “Reading the Frames” and identifying diseases and pests.  The afternoon is all about being “in the hive” and discovering the realities of what you learn in class and the routine of a live colony inspection.   Each student is given the time and opportunity to physically manipulate and move around in the hive.  This is a hands-on class, so get ready to handle frames of bees!

This class requires the basics in bee behavior and biology.

Note: This class is limited to 12 students total to allow you the best opportunity for a truly hands-on experience!

Brand new to bees and beekeeping? Check out our Intro to Apiculture class to ensure you get everything you can out of this class!

Both Bee Bootcamp and Beginning Beekeeping classes coming to a community college near you soon!!

Advanced Beekeeping and Integrated Pest Management

Bees on Fence

This class focuses on the latest in scientific research and methodologies in disease management and bee health and welfare.

Addressed are issues with Varroa mites, viruses they carry, the stressors that kill and cause colony decline.  Also covered are the winter bee biology cycle and how viruses cause collapse in early spring.  Disease control and treatment protocols including parasiticide resistance, “organic” treatments, and integrated techniques are covered in detail.

This is an in-class seminar with live hive demonstrations as available.  Class is provided in a private tutoring setting with limited students to maximize student learning opportunity.

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