Beginner Northern Beekeeping 2018 $100 Feb or March

$100.00

Includes book & materials

Pre-registration & payment required.
Call Athena 603 733-7736 -
Link to brochure

  • February 4th through 25th, 4 Sunday afternoons: 1 – 3:30 pm
    or
  • March 4th through 25th: 4 Sunday mornings: 9:30 - 12 noon
  • Summer & Fall Field Days: Dates TBA - Held in the shop's teaching Apiary.

Lesson 1 ~

  • Honey Bee biology & Healthy Colony Behavior Dynamics
  • Northern Climate Challenges
  • Sourcing Healthy
  • Northern Honey Bees

Lesson 2 ~

  • Hive location considerations
  • Meeting environmental & nutritional needs
  • Hive building & Hive Tools
  • Hives available for purchase

Lesson 3 ~

  • Seasonal Apiary Management Strategies

Lesson 4 ~

  • Harvesting & processing hive products: Honey, beeswax, propolis

Lesson 5 & 6 - Date TBA ~ In the Apairy

  • Summer inspection of a live hive and Fall demonstration of winter preparations

Wonalancet Honey Bee Co. 1805 Route 16, Center Ossipee, NH 03814
1st Season Beekeeping School 2018

Emphasis is on management of Northern, disease resistant honey bees
Lesson Outline – Students may make up missed classes in future sessions

Course will include the following subjects:

Honey Bee biology & Colony Behavior Dynamics -

  • Unsustainable vs sustainable beekeeping – An overview
  • The honey bee super organism: colony behaviors
  • Our northern New England honey bee queen: not just another southern bell
  • Pantry & nursery - dance floor & cannery - honey bees as cooks, nannies, navigators, & precision engineers
  • Bee pheromones or why beekeepers never take bananas to work
  • Purchasing bees responsibly – what to look for
  • Where & when to buy Northern honey bees

Northern Honey Bee Health Challenges –

  • Predators of the honey bee & how to outsmart them
  • Hive disease conditions in Northern New England & how to avoid them
  • Short flow – long winter: Cultivating nutritious nectar & pollen sources
  • How to avoid catastrophic mistakes when buying honey bees
  • Recommended books for further studies

Hive building & Hive Tools – The class will build a beehive and practice putting a variety of components together for a variety of apiary management plans. A Wonalancet Honey Bee Co New England hive with recommended tools will be available for purchase, but is not required.

  • The correct beehive types & sizes for our unique Carroll County terrain & micro climate diversities.
  • Understanding “bee space” needs in backyard vs commercial or big box store hives.
  • Finding a good place for your hive.
  • Hive tools & other basic equipment
  • Installing honey bees into a beehive
  • Seasonal inspections of your honey bee colony

Apiary Management

  • What to wear – black flies, heat, & bee suits – safe practices, affordable solutions
  • Baiting a swarm of wild northern honey bees
  • Feed your bees?
  • Springtime monitoring & precautions in our Carroll County climate
  • Winter preparations for Northern hearty honey bees

The Harvest – A hands-on class.

  • Harvesting honey – when & how
  • beeswax – making candles & cosmetics
  • Propolis – harvesting, storing, processing
  • Selling your hive products

  • 6 Units in Stock



Athena's Bees 1805 Route 16, Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Phone: 603-733-7736 ~ Hours: M-F 10am to 4pm

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