Principles and Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
~FULL PROGRAM~

Principles and Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping
~FULL PROGRAM~

$260.00

This year we are offering our beekeeping classes for beginners in a set of four separate workshops. This set is intended to give participants a solid foundation, from starting a hive, through the summer development, and into the fall and winter tasks. The first two classes are introductory classes. The third and fourth classes cover hive management and will offer plenty of practical experiences. The biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping methods we practice and teach are founded on more than 40 years of experience and they really work.

The cost of the full package is $260.00, a savings of $35.00 over taking the classes individually.

Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Part One
Principles and Practices of
Biodynamic Beekeeping

Part Two
March 8 March 9

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 11 September 7

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 try
  • Beekeeping Tasks from May to August
  • Hands-on work with the bees—weather permitting

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
  • Hands-on work with the bees—weather permitting