Beekeeping for Beginners

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Beekeeping for Beginners

January 22, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

$40 – $100

This is a 3 part webinar series with sessions taking place on: January 22, January 29, & February 5 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

This series has been priced on a sliding scale of $40-$100 for all three events to make the course as accessible as possible; please pay what you can afford. Registration is free of charge for BIPOC community members and veterans.

There are so many reasons to keep honeybees – to support pollinators, for the joy of observing them at work, and for the honey, propolis & beeswax that beekeepers can collect.

Join Master Beekeeper Karen Thurlow for three sessions to help you get ready for your first season keeping bees. She will begin by preparing you for the earliest decisions you’ll have to make when starting out: what equipment to get (and where), how to put together a new hive and where to situate it, and what bees to order and in what “form” (package or nuc). Then she will introduce you to the bees themselves – what their roles and basic needs are – as well as what you need to look for when inspecting your hive(s), and what each of the four seasons as a beekeeper will require of you. See below for a list of what will be covered in each session.

Karen Thurlow started beekeeping in 1978 and is a certified Master Beekeeper and experienced beekeeping teacher. Karen owned New Moon Apiary, which was located in Cumberland County and sold package bees, nucs, and products from her hives. In 2018 she sold her apiary and moved to New Brunswick, Canada. She works seasonally managing hives, and also works with the Native Women’s Association of Canada teaching sustainable gardening, restoration of Indigenous plants and seeds, and promoting food sovereignty.

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Questions? Please email [email protected]

Topics to be covered in each session:

Part 1:
What to expect your first year with bees
Beekeeping vocabulary
Expected start-up cost and yearly expenses
Types of hives
Hive components  
Personal equipment
Resources & recommended suppliers
Ordering packages or nucs – where to find them & when to order
Races of honey bees

Part 2:
Location – Choosing your apiary site
Installing your nuc or package of bees
Basic bee biology
The cast of bees:
– Worker bees and their jobs
– Drones & what they do
– The Queen

Part 3
Hive Inspections
Bee space
Brood
Controlling the urge to swarm
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter management overview
Basics of care: feeding, foraging, water
Diseases and how to control them
Products from the hive
Harvesting honey crop
Creamed or Comb Honey
Wax

Honeybees-and-pollen

Details

Date:
January 22, 2023
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost:
$40 – $100
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