Gain the skills you need to keep bees, including learning bee biology, studying the basics of keeping honeybees for pollination and honey, and exploring beekeeping equipment and management techniques on field trips to local hives.
We’ll study bee life cycle and social organization, with a focus on basic skills and knowledge, which are essential for any style of beekeeping. Although alternative styles will be considered, we will particularly examine the standard Langstroth-type hives. During field trips to the intructors’ bee yards, you’ll observe the inner workings of a hive.
For those who want to start colonies, the class will organize a group purchase of bees and equipment.
Required textbook: Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th edition, 2017, by Howland Blackiston. You are urged to buy the book and start reading it before the first class meeting.
With Dick LaForge, Jeannine Kaprielian, Steve Sottong & "Missy Bee" Krein