Principles and Practices- Part Four – Fall and Winter Preparation

August 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary
401 Hideaway Ln SE
Floyd, VA 24091

Date: August, 25, 2018
Time:  Saturday: 8:30am: Registration opens; class begins 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA

Suggestions for a successful overwintering and new start in the spring

In this workshop we will not only look at what needs to be done in the fall in order to let the colonies go into the winter as strong and healthy as possible, but we will also take a look at the winter and early spring months, probably the most difficult and treacherous time of the year for the bees. We will take a closer look at the various illnesses and probable causes, as well as share our methods of hive feeding, wrapping, and consolidation for best possible over-wintering success. This is the fourth class in our four-part series on basic beekeeping.

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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