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Beekeeping Basics
Group Class

Standard Group Class Rates: $75 per adult or $25 per youth student.

This is a small group class designed to prepare new beekeepers with the basic information needed to get started on their journey into the age old art of beekeeping. The objective is to get beginners started off on the right track and focuses on the fundamentals needed to keep healthy and productive hives, with additional guidance on continuing education.

The indoor portion of the class consists of a few hours discussing the key elements that we consider to be most important for keeping bees. Honey bees need a dry home with a healthy vigorous laying queen, plenty of food and finally parasite management (primarily Varroa Mite control). Then we move outdoors and go through an active hive so everyone can learn how to properly address a hive, hold a frame of bees and correctly identify all of the internal components of the hive. Including the food, brood and the three castes of the hive - The Queen, the Workers, and the Drones.

The objective is to help beginning beekeepers understand how to manage and actually handle bees and get past any fears and unneeded intimidation or preconceived notions about honey bees. We think beekeeping should be an enjoyable experience, not a battle or chore.

The class is also full of useful information for anyone simply wanting to learn and know more about honey bees.

After we go over the basics of beekeeping including the "hands on" section there will be plenty of time for Q & A for those that want to stick around and talk bees, weather permitting of course.

The class is approximately four hours in length (including breaks) and will include, but is not limited to, the following topics of discussion:

  • Equipment
    • Identification and Uses
  • Hive Setup
    • Component Arrangement and Placement
  • Hive Maintenance
    • How often and what to look for during inspections
  • Life Cycle of the Honey Bee
    • Including Tasks of the Workers, Queen and Drones
  • Supplements
    • What, Where, How, When and Why
  • Pests and Diseases of the Hive
    • Identification, Prevention & Treatments
  • Varroa Mite Controls
    • Treatment Methods and Management
  • Swarm Prevention
    • What is all the buzz about
  • Harvesting Honey
    • How much to rob and when

Please Note: The Hands On Session includes going into an active bee hive. We normally work with a very gentle natured non-aggressive hive of Italian bees, therefore full protective gear is not required, but a bee veil is recommended for the general safety of the students.

Group Class Schedule (weather permitting)

2020 Class Date:

Spring Class - Dates coming soon

Location - Oak Island and Somerset TX  (San Antonio Area)
 

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