According to the organizers:
To take place inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on our dedicated beekeeping classroom rooftop, this program is now entering its 6th year!
The 2017 program will once again be led by by Carin Zinter, a 12 year beekeeper and instructor, and recent winner of the 2017 Good Food Award for best honey! We are honored to have her back!
The program will take students from the very beginning with building hives and installing brand new packages of bees, straight through to harvesting honey and preparing for winter. Students will start and tend multiple hives for the entire program. It’ll be just like having your own rooftop apiary for the season! Most sessions are 3 hours long, with both apiary time and classroom time involved. Each student will have course-long access to: veil, gloves, hive tool, and smoker. Text book is included in tuition.
The program schedule is set for 15 Sundays between March and November, from 11am-2pm, though we reserve the right to reschedule due to weather, typically to the Saturday before a given session. The syllabus is also a general guideline that is subject to change, especially in the beginning. One of the realities of beekeeping is that there is never a set date to receive your bees. Weather and Mother Nature can throw all manner of curve balls, so its typical to not actually know your bee arrival date until maybe a week before. There’s your very first lesson!
3/19: Class 1 Introduction to beekeeping
3/26: Class 2 Equipment building
4/9: Class 3 Honeybee development
4/23: Class 4 Package bee installation
4/30: Class 5 Hive inspection basics
5/21: Class 6 Swarming/Splits/Requeening
6/4: Class 7 Honeybee reproduction
6/11: Class 8 Diseases & Pests 1
7/9: Class 9 Diseases & Pests 2
7/30: Class 10 Varroa mites
8/13: Class 11 Pesticides
8/27: Class 12 Fall feeding & Fall preparations
9/16: Class 13 Honey extraction (Saturday)
10/1: Class 14 Final winter preparations
10/22: Class 15 Graduation & honey tasting. Party on the farm!