From our organizers:
This two-day class will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.
You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities. We encourage beginners to take both days to obtain a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, so you can be knowledgable, loving and confidant beekeepers. These classes can be taken on one weekend, or divided into Saturday one weekend and Sunday another weekend.
Intro to Organic Beekeeping (Saturday 10am – 6pm)
Learn about the requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. This class introduces students to a nurturing way of beekeeping, and a philosophy of respect and love for these amazing creatures. There is a hands-on demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts.
Understanding and Caring For Your Bees (Sunday 10am – 6pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to keep your bees strong.
The class fee is $200 per person if taking both days. Individual classes are $110.
We can help you obtain bees and we suggest you wait until after the class to purchase your equipment so you have a better understanding of your choices.