Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
~Part Three~
Spring and Summer
05/13/2023

$95.00

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET
Location: Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary

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Description

This online class provides 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 tray
  • Beekeeping Tasks from May to August
Note: Light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.
Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Part One
Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Part Two
March 3, 2023 March 4, 2023

Introduction

  • 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

The Spikenard Method

  • 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?
Principles and Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Part Three
Principles and Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Part Four
May 13, 2022 August 5, 2023

Health and Hive Management
Spring and Summer Beekeeping

  • Expansion in the hive
  • Swarming—How to catch and work with swarms
  • Understanding health of the honeybee hive
  • Dealing with pests
  • Using a debris tray
  • Beekeeping Tasks from May to August

Health and Hive Management
Fall and Winter Preparation

  • Contraction in the hive
  • 1:1 Ratio
  • Feeding demonstration
  • Hive wrapping/insulation
  • Dynamics of the winter cluster
  • Beekeeping tasks from August to April