Bee School Classes

 
Class 1

Hive Occupants And Characteristics

  • Introduction
  • Races: Origins & Features
  • Queens, Drones & Workers
  • Colony Activities
  • Life Cycle, Duties and Foraging behavior
  • Louisa’s Presentation: Hive Occupants

Hive Products And Properties

  • Bees, Honey, Beeswax, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Venom
  • Packaging and Marketing
  • David’s Presentation: Products of the Hive

Additional Reading:

  • “Beekeeping Basics”, a MAAREC Publication, 2004
  • “Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Dianna Suamattaro.  2006
  • “Beekeeping for Dummies” ISBN 0-76455419-0 2002
  • “The Backyard Beekeeper” ISBN 1-59253-118-0. 2005üü
  • “The New Starting Right with Bees”; revised 2002 by Kim Flottum and Kathy Summers.
  • “First Lessons in Beekeeping 2007”, Keith S. Delaplane

 

Class 2:

Procuring, Preparing For And Installing Bees

  • Sources and configurations
  • Hive location, populating & feeding
  • Chuck’s Presentation: Starting Bees

Spring & Summer Management

Beekeepers Calendar: Beekeepers_Calendar_ MVBA

Class 3:

Hive Equipment – Part 1

  • Protective Clothing, smoker/fuel and hive tools
  • Hive parts

Hive Equipment – Part 2

  • Advanced Equipment
  • Specialized Equipment
Class 4:

Queens and Special Management

  • Re-queening – when and how
  • Special condition manipulations
  • Alden’s Presentation: Alden Queens 2015

Bee Pests and Disease

  • IPM and Pesticide Challenges
  • Adult and brood diseases and treatments
  • Pests – Mites, Mice and Men
  • John’s Presentation: Pests & Diseases 2015
Class 5:

Commercial Beekeeping  & Bee Forage Plants

Speaker & Mentor Panel

Q & A

Package Installation

  • Details to be announced
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