BEEKEEPING SCHOOL 2021
Bedford Bee Honeybee Service wants to help both indiviudals who want to care for their own honey bees and those wanting to enjoy the experience of honey bees but want someone else to care for them. For those individuals wanting to learn to care for their own honey bees we offer our beekeeping school. This is the 10th year the Beekeeping School is being offered. The beekeeping school consists of 15 - 2.5 hour training sessions which meet every two weeks throughout the summer growing season. Each session consists of a one hour lecture on some aspect of beekeeping followed by an hour and a half hands on session working with the live honey bees. The skills required to care for honey bees require time and practice to develop. Each session serves to reinforce what the student has learned in previous sessions. Our goal is to help our students develop the needed skills in structured and systematic way. Prior to the pandemic of 2020 we met for the lecture and hands on session at the same time. In 2020 we were forced to offer the lecture part of the school online via Zoom and the hands on practice time at seperate times. For 2021 we will continue this practice until such time the risk of the pandemic allows for meeting in a classroom session.
Beekeeping School 2021 Schedule Lectures - online Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM Hands on Sessions Greenwich Audubon - Sundays 10:00A - 11:30A
Marsh Sanctuary - Wednesdays 6:30P - 8:00P
Lecture Hands-on Weds Sun Tues Topic
4/6 None Intro / Safety - Beekeeping Overview
4/13 4/18 4/21 Equipment / Types of Hives
4/20 4/25 4/28 Package Installation - Resources
4/27 5/2 5/5 Honey Bee Life Cycle
5/11 5/16 5/19 Honey Bee Reproduction / Swarms
5/25 5/30 6/2 Honey Bee Diseases
6/8 6/13 6/16 Colony Manipulations, Splits, Etc
6/22 6/27 6/30 Colony Collapse Disorder - Varroa Mite
7/6 7/11 7/14 Honey Harvesting
7/20 7/25 7/28 Varroa Mite Control pt 2
8/3 8/8 8/11 Small Hive Beetle Control
8/17 8/22 8/25 Dealing with Agressive Bees
9/7 9/12 9/15 Honey Bee Nutrition / Feeding Bees
9/21 9/26 9/29 Wax Moth Control
10/5 10/10 10/13 Moving hives / Winter Preparation
Our school runs over the course of seven months from April to October. See schedule at the left. This allows our students to follow the life of a colony of honey bees over the course of a growing season. As we go through the season the students will learn how to care for the bees based on the needs of the bees during that time of year.
Working with the live bees is a very important part of our school experience. There are many weekend, online and one day schools that are offered. None of them offer time actually working with the bees. We beleive this is what sets our school apart. Learning the skills required to be a successful beekeeper requires hands on time working with the bees. Our school does this so that the student can develop their skills in a guided and mentoring environment.
If you're interested in beekeeping as a hobby but you're not sure if it's really for you our school offers an excellent opportunity for you to try it out before you invest in the equipment needed to care for honey bees. Also, if you are planning on starting with honey bees this summer our school is an excellant way to help you get started as you can compare what is happening with the honey bees in the school apiaries and your bees. We are here to support you in your efforts and will make accomadations to give you the support you need. Please call to get additional details and information. For this years school we will be offering the lecture portion online via Microsoft Teams meeting software. This is very similar to Zoom for those who use this online meeting program. If you haven't used Microsoft Teams before we will send you instructions on how to get started. For the hands on portion of the school we will meet on Sunday mornings at an apiary at the Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT at 10:00AM and on Wednesday evenings at an apiary at the Marsh Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco, NY at 6:30 PM. Our school is designed to meet the needs of those who would like to have the training sessions on the weekend and those who prefer a week night. In the past we have offered the lecture and the hands on session at the same time at two different locations one on the weekend and one on a week night. The same lecture and hands on expereince was offered at both locations. Because of Covid 19 concerns this year we will offer the lecture only one time per week (Tuesdays at 6:30 PM). For those who cannot attend the on line session, a recording of the lecture will be provided for your review at a later time. The hands on part of the class will be offered on a weekend day (Sunday morning) and a week night (Wednesday evening). The same material will be covered at each location. Students are asked to enroll in one location or the other. Should you be unable to attend your desired hands on location you will be permitted to attend the other location. For instance if you enroll in the Sunday hands on sessions at Greenwich Audubon but on a given Sunday you are unable to attend you can come to the Wednesday evening session at the Marsh Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco.
The schedule and list of topics covered is at the left. The school is intended to help participants learn the basic information needed to make good decisions regarding the care and maintenance of a honey bee colony. Participants will follow the lives of several colonies of honey bees over the course of one growing season.
The classes and hands-on sessions will be taught by D. J. Haverkamp.
Protective equipment consisting of a hooded bee jacket, leather gloves, smokers and hive tools will be provided for all participants. If a participant is more comfortable in their own safety gear they are free to bring their own. The use of bee jackets is required during the apiary sessions. Honey bees do sting and it is a possibility that as a participant you may be stung. Students take full responsibility for any allergic reaction that may occur.
Students need to be 16 years of age or older to enroll. Minors under 16 will be allowed to attend with a parent or guardian. Couples choosing to enroll together will need to pay the enrollment fee individually. Enrollment will be limited to 20 people at each location. Upon registering you will receive an email with information about where to go and what to bring, etc. If not all of the 20 available spots are filled by April 6, we will allow late enrollment up until the Honey Bee Life Cycle class on May 11th. After that, enrollment will be closed until next year.
The cost for the 16 sessions is $250. Plus a $17 service fee for Eventbrite registration. To save the fee and enroll directly please call 914-525-1990.
To enroll for hands-on sessions at the Greenwich Audubon Center on Sunday mornings please click here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-school-2021-greenwich-audubon-center-greenwich-ct-tickets-145537196673 To enroll for the hands-on sessions at the Marsh Sanctuary on Wednesday evenings please click here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-school-2021-marsh-sanctuary-mt-kisco-ny-tickets-145540988013
For additional information about the Beekeeping School please call 914-525-1990.