Getting Started in Beekeeping
Do you want to learn how to become a successful beekeeper but don’t know how to get started? Have you attended beekeeping meetings and felt overwhelmed by the information? Do you want to know if beekeeping is the right hobby for you and your family? Join us as we teach you everything you need to know to be successful in your first year of beekeeping. You will learn:
*Proper Equipment and Protective Gear and where to purchase them
*Basic tools for hive inspection
*The anatomy of a colony – Queen, Worker, and Drone and their specific role
*Honeybee diet and excellent food sources
*Pest management and diseases
*How to establish your first colony
*How to conduct a basic hive inspection
*Deciding how to purchase your bees – swarms, packages, nucs, established colonies and the pros and cons of each. You will also know where to purchase your bees.
*Traits and temperaments of European and Africanized honeybees
*How to properly prepare for establishing your colony in the spring.
*The importance of beekeeping and why it’s becoming so popular
*The significant role honeybees play in our environment
*The benefits of beekeeping – honey, pollination for your garden, time with family.
*Challenges honeybees are currently facing
By the end of this class you will know where to purchase your equipment, the perfect spot for setting up your colony, how to obtain your bees and what to expect your first year in beekeeping. You will also have a detailed strategy to help you prepare for setting up your first colony in the spring. This class will teach you everything you need to know to be successful in your first year of beekeeping.
You will also leave with a list of local beekeeping associations and meet up groups to help you get plugged into the beekeeping community. These groups are invaluable in helping new beekeepers continue their learning process. In addition you will receive a list of instructor Jayne Clark’s favorite books, YouTube videos, websites and other beekeepers that will help you in your beekeeping venture.
And last but not least! We will have snacks and refreshments including some our very own honey for you to enjoy! Come join us and become a part of the fascinating world of beekeeping.
Requirements: Textbook “First Lessons In Beekeeping ” by Keith Delaplane, $20 will be available for purchase. Please also bring materials to take notes.
Textbook “First Lessons In Beekeeping ” by Keith Delaplane, $20 will be available for purchase. Please also bring materials to take notes.