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What the true beginner beekeeper needs to know to get started! Fun workshop focused on urban, backyard beekeeping.
Are you thinking about starting a backyard hive, curious about what’s involved with beekeeping or just want to learn more about bees? Backyard Beekeeping for the Absolute Beginner is a great introductory class for you. The workshop is designed for absolute beginners, no prerequisite knowledge is required. You can walk in knowing absolutely nothing about bees and walk out with practical knowledge ready to get started with your own backyard hive.
This class will focus on beekeeping practices in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this interactive workshop will still have a lot to offer you.
Topics covered will include:
Basic bee biology, Identifying and using beekeeping equipment, Safe hive placement, General maintenance and hive inspections, How to discuss your new hobby with neighbors, Processes and life cycles within the colony, Diseases, pests and treatments, Troubleshooting and tips for beginner success, Preparing hives for winter
Please bring your own beekeeping suit and gloves if you have it. We will have some suits, gloves and tools to share. Wear beekeeping appropriate clothing such as closed toe shoes, socks that cover your ankles, pants and no heavy perfumes/scents. Light breakfast and snacks provided. Bring your own lunch as there may not be time to go to another location to purchase food during the lunch break.