This six-session beekeeping course will build your confidence to make you a successful beekeeper.
With more than 12 years of beekeeping experience, advanced beekeeper Mike Rusnak will lead you through the beekeeping process.
The sessions will include these presentations:
Week 1: Familiarization: Introduction, History, Benefits of Beekeeping, Resources, Costs
Week 2: The Honeybee: Anatomy, Life Cycle, Castes, Jobs, Characteristics
Week 3: Equipment and Stock: Hive Components, Tools, Location, Suppliers, Races
Week 4: Management: Inspections, Pests, Parasites, Diseases, Feeding, Treatments
Week 5: Colony Dynamics: Honey Production, Year in the Apiary Outlined, Winter Clustering and Overwintering Honey Requirements, Temperature Regulation
Week 6: Review, Examination, Course Feedback
An optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of honeybees in a Langstroth hive, weather permitting.
This workshop is presented in time for you to order your own supplies to get started with beekeeping this spring. For a preview of the workshop, read The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum. Books may be purchased at Plum Creek Nature Center.