Beginner Beekeeping Course, Calais
Classroom: Thursdays, March 14-April 18, 2019 (snow date- April 25)
Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais
Field Days: Saturdays, May 4, 18 and June 1, 2019
Home of Sue Rowley, Pembroke
Online Registration is now closed.
Learn all the basics, from hive construction to honey bee behavior and honey production, with our expert instructor.
Resource (included in course fee): Storey’s Guide To Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition, by Malcolm T. Stanford & Richard E. Bonney
The course is limited to 25 participants.
Questions about the course may be addressed to Andrew Dewey at email email@example.com or call 207.266.7294
Class 1 – Overview or summary of the entire course
Class 2 – Chapters 1-4, Beginning Beekeeping, Origin and History of Beekeeping, A Bee’s Life & Choosing Hive Location
Apiary Session # 1- Lighting Smokers, Demeanor around the Apiary
Class 3 – Quiz # 1
Chapters 5 & 6, Getting Equipped, Enter the Bees
Class 4 – Chapter 7, Managing Honey Bee Colonies
Apiary Session # 2 Opening & inspecting colonies, identifying open & capped brood, identifying stored honey & pollen, identifying workers & drones, semi serious look for the queen
Class 5 – Quiz # 2
Chapters 8 & 9, Taking the Crop, Pollination also prep for State Apiarist Presentation – Varroa life cycle
Class 6 – Chapter 10, Diseases & Pests of the Honey Bee taught by the State Apiarist
Apiary Session #3, Different Hive types, determining when boxes get added, mite sampling, winter prep