Health & Hive Management
Spring & Summer Beekeeping
05/19/2018

Health & Hive Management
Spring & Summer Beekeeping
05/19/2018

$75.00

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time:  Saturday: 8:30am: Registration opens; class begins 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA

Hands-on guidance in beekeeping tasks through the spring and summer months, from swarm catching and growing the apiary to heath checks, expansion, wax management, and more. This is the third class in our four-part series on basic beekeeping and is intended as a continuation of Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping.Topics covered include:

  • Expansion in the hive
  • Swarming—How to catch and work with swarms
  • Understanding health of the honeybee hive
  • Dealing with pests
  • Using a debris try
  • Beekeeping Tasks from May to August
  • Hands-on work with the bees—weather permitting
Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Day One
Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Day Two
March 16 March 17
  • Beekeeping History and the Current State of the Honeybee Crisis
  • Landscape Considerations—the bees and flowers as a unity
  • Tools and Equipment—less is more, know what you need to get started!
  • How to introduce a Package, Nuc, and Swarm
  • Health checks and care for the first 10 days
  • Theory and practice of working with natural wax comb—without foundation
  • Theory and practice of working with natural queens
  • Understanding the hive as an organism
  • Discussion at the hives, bee forage walk
  • Feeding
  • What is biodynamic beekeeping?
Health and Hive Management
Spring and Summer Beekeeping
Health and Hive Management
Fall and Winter Preparation
May 19 August 25
  • Expansion in the hive
  • Swarming—How to catch and work with swarms
  • Understanding health of the honeybee hive
  • Dealing with pests
  • Using a debris try
  • Beekeeping Tasks from May to August
  • Hands-on work with the bees—weather permitting
  • Contraction in the hive
  • 1:1 Ratio
  • Feeding demonstration
  • Hive wrapping/insulation
  • Dynamics of the winter cluster
  • Beekeeping tasks from August to April
  • Hands-on work with the bees—weather permitting
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