Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Days One and Two
03/16/2018-03/17/2018

Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Days One and Two
03/16/2018-03/17/2018

$145.00

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 – Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time:  Friday: 8:30am Registration opens; class begins 9:00am – 5:00pm / Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location:Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA

Spikenard’s basic class in biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping methods. This two day workshop will offer in-depth advice for those who want to have bees and for those who had bees and want to start again.

Participants will learn about the Honeybee as a creative and life-supporting insect and about beekeeping methods that honor her very own needs. We will look at the evolution of beekeeping practices culminating in the present challenges the bees and beekeepers face. Understanding and learning ways and means to overcome the present crisis will be at the core of this workshop. We have to become active for the future of the honeybee worldwide!

Our approach to beekeeping honors the true nature of the honeybee and supports her health and vitality above all else.  In beginning to understand the basis for honeybee health, participants will come away with the basic framework and knowledge to begin their journey as a beekeeper. This workshop covers what you need to know for your first steps in keeping bees.

Day one topics include:

  • The honey bee in our times: a brief review of honeybee history
  • Introduction to different hive types
  • Important tools and equipment
  • Components of a colony and their function within the hive
  • Guidance for the first steps in beekeeping, troubleshooting

Day two topics include:

  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • The importance of swarming for the health of the colony
  • The vital importance of having naturally raised, not grafted queens
  • Natural wax comb–working without foundations
  • Selecting best bee forage
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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