Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Day One Only
03/16/2018

Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Day One Only
03/16/2018

$75.00

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

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

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, including:

  • 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
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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