I have restructured my classes to help you be more prepared to successfully care for your bees. It is very important to have a solid foundation (ie: class 1) before jumping into the hands on class. This will protect you and my bees. 😉 Please make sure you have taken a good basic beekeeping class before you take my hands on class because my classes are progressive. In order to be fair to other students and manage class time, we will stick with the topic list for each class. I teach in a very careful, systematic way so that you will be able to remember what you learn and then apply it in your bee yard. I want you to be successful and LOVE beekeeping and that’s what is best for the bees! If you are unsure which class is best for you, just call me and we will talk about it. 🙂
CLASS 1: Intro to Beekeeping. (3+ hours) This is the perfect class to learn more about bees and what it takes to become a beekeeper. This class is a prerequisite for Class 2 Hands On.
Intro Class Topics Include:
- Beneficial plants for bees
- Honey and Hive products
- Bee biology
- How to avoid stings
- Parts of a standard Langstroth and Topbar beehive
- Protection gear
- Buying bees
- Tools for the hive
- Steps to becoming a beekeeper
CLASS 2: Hands-on learning in a small-scale bee apiary. (3-4 hours) Small classes to increase learning and contact with bees. This is the class for someone who has committed to keeping bees, is ready to get started, already has their hive and/or bees, needs a refresher course on what to do and when, or just wants some hands on experience with working bees in the hive. You MUST have taken an intro to beekeeping class in order to be successful in this class AND to work with my hives. This is an advanced learning class and we won’t be able to repeat what you should already know from class 1 above. A huge portion of this class is outside in full beesuits working directly with the bees. We will work with Top Bar Hives and Langstroth Hives, unless you only choose to learn one.
Hands on Topics Include:
- Lighting a smoker
- How to wear your protective gear
- Hive inspection techniques
- Hive tools and how to use them
- What kind and what parts to buy for your beehives
- How to install a package of bees into a lang or topbar hive.
- How to set up the hive with new bees vs once the bees are going strong.
- Distinguishing brood comb, drone comb, honey, and pollen
- Queen, Drone, and Worker Bee identification
- How to tell when a hive is queenless and what to do next
- How to keep your hive from swarming or managing a split
- How to recognize and prevent the 3 most common hive pests (hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites)
* Hands on classes may need to be rescheduled if weather is adverse for bees.
*** ALWAYS CHECK WEBSITE TO SEE IF HANDS ON CLASSES (Class #2) ARE STILL ON. We can’t work the bees if it’s too cold, too wet, too rainy, too windy, etc. I try to email everyone signed up for classes a day or two before to let you know that the class is still on. When in doubt, please email, call, or text Tanya to make sure class is still happening.