Next Season Beekeeping 2018 $60 Feb or March

$60.00

for previous students who kept at least one hive at least one season
Pre-registration & payment required. Class limited to six students
Call Athena 603 733-7736 - Link to brochure

Next Season BEEKEEPING $60/ 4 weeks + 2 Apiary Days TBA:

Classroom Dates:

  • February 4th through 25th, 4 Sunday mornings: 9:30 - 12 noon
    or
  • March 4th through 25th: 4 Sunday afternoons: 1 – 3:30 pm

Lesson 1: AUTUMN ~ Meeting the challenges of Autumn in a farm & forest community
Lessons 2 & 6: WINTER ~ Winter preparations, precautions, & expectations. + one Apiary day TBA
Lesson 3: SPRING ~ Over-wintered bees, Reversing: helping w/o hindering your survivors, Swarm controls, Transporting & installing, Mixing bees from different sources
Lessons 4 & 5: SUMMER~ Record keeping, Hive inspections & Nucs, The harvest, Mite count how-to & relevancy
Includes two Apiary Days: Date TBA - Held at the shop Teaching Apiary

Subjects may include the following:

PowerPoint & video presentation

  • Unsustainable vs sustainable beekeeping – An overview
  • Why do bees abscond? learning from season 2016
  • Spring management – swarming with anticipation
  • Pantry & nursery - dance floor & cannery – the honey bee as cook, nanny, navigator, town crier & precision engineer - what to look for in northern survival traits
  • Honey bee pheromones – how to use good smells and avoid smelly mistakes
  • How to tell when something is wrong
  • Hive disease challenges in Northern New England – management techniques
  • Providing nutritious nectar & pollen sources – neighbor relations
  • How to avoid catastrophic mistakes when buying honey bees
  • From treatment free to pest control licensing & honey bee veterinarians
  • Saving some for the bees & understanding the harvest
  • Survival stats & beehive design - types & sizes for our unique Carroll County terrain & micro climate diversities.
  • Understanding “bee space” issues with backyard vs commercial or big box store hives.
  • Apiary location & how it impacts colony success
  • Our northern New England honey bee queen: not just another southern bell
  • Drone hangouts & bad blind dates
  • Making nucs and splits - Swarm prevention & luring techniques
  • Breeding northern disease resistant honey bees
  • Have plan – samples of New England beekeepers’ apiary seasonal management plans
  • Short flow – long winter: confining honey bees for five months in Carroll County
  • Furthering your beekeeping education – handouts

Harvesting – This will be a hands-on class.

  • Harvesting honey
  • Mead making
  • 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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