Beekeeping in Northern Climates Short Course
This two day course provides all the information necessary to keep bees in cold climates. We take you through two years of beekeeping; purchasing and assembling equipment, ordering bees and queens, hiving packages, ensuring colony survival through winter, dividing colonies in the spring, and producing, harvesting, extracting, bottling, and selling honey. We also cover the important basics of disease and mite management and control, emphasizing a reduction in chemical use within bee hives.
• Marla Spivak, Professor
• Gary Reuter, Scientist
• Guest Speakers from the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers' Association and from other areas of the beekeeping industry.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping for profit or hobby. This course is for beginning beekeepers only.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
- 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Class
- 4 - 5:30 p.m., Honey tasting and beekeeping demonstrations
- 5:30 p.m., Adjourn
Sunday, March 3, 2013
- 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Class
• Intro to Bees & Beekeeping
• Beekeeping Basics for Beginners
• Equipment Assembly
• Selecting an Apiary Site
• Bee Races and Breeds
• Disease and Pest Management
• Hiving Packages
• Spring Management
• Summer Management
• Making Divisions
• Preparing Colonies for Winter
• Producing a Honey Crop
• Honey Tasting
• Honey, from Colony to Customer
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Cost: $150, registrations prior to February 1, 2013; $170, registrations on or after February 1, 2013.
Fee Includes: Morning coffee & muffin, lunches, all course materials, Arboretum admission, parking, gift shop discount.
Refund Policy: $130.00 will be refunded to participants who cancel in writing prior to March 1, 2013.
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