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This four-session series is designed for individuals brand new to beekeeping or those seeking deeper beekeeping knowledge. The four ½ day sessions will take participants through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive, caring for bees through the seasons, troubleshooting, harvesting honey and preparing for winter. Each session will be a combination of lecture and hands-on** practice led by knowledgeable instructors. (**Due to COVID-19, hands on will not be available)  The class will refer to the book; First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane.  It can purchased at most bee stores; Mann Lake, Dadant and on Amazon, but is not necessary to attend the class. Registration refunds will not be given for cancellation of any classes.

Topics:

  • Seasonal honey bee care
  • Swarms
  • Registering your hive and beekeeping responsibilities
  • Using a smoker and live hive inspection
  • Introduction to honey bee IPM