Bee School will be held in 4 sessions. The option to register for all 4 has passed. This page is for registering for the September 17th class for $20/person.
The sessions are as follows:
February 20, 2020 7-9pm: Introduction to Beekeeping, where to purchase your equipment, how to set it up, choosing an apiary site, where to get your bees, and how to care for them--feeding, watering, and the Residential Beekeeping Best Practices. Dealing with bee stings.
May 21, 2020 7-9pm: (Follow the link to register for this class only) Understanding how bee colonies build up, the Varroa mite life cycle, when and how to open the colony and inspect, reading and understanding brood frames. Nectar and honey flow, the dearth and when to consider feeding.
July 16, 2020 7-9pm: (Follow the link to register for this class only) Summer and Fall Management: Honey characteristics, how to remove supers and extract honey, robbing. What could go wrong--queen events. Honey bee diseases and pests, integrated pest management strategies. Mite monitoring and treatment options.
September 17, 2020 7-9pm: (Register for this class below) Fall and Winter Management: Preparing to overwinter, what to consider and what can go wrong at this point? Mite and moisture management. Feeding. Reviewing statistics from past years and what seemed to help colonies overwinter successfully. Dead-out hive autopsies, examples of evidence for the colony's demise.
In addition to these classes you'll get unlimited access to the club apiary at Zenger Farms on the first and third Sundays.
The text book used for this class is Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (2013) by Dewey Caron and Lawrence John Connor. We are selling it for $40. You will have the option of adding the book to your class registration, and picking it up in class.