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This experiential class will cover the art and science of keeping bees in northern climates. The eight-session class is designed for beginning beekeepers and will provide hands-on experience at each turning point of the season. Sessions focus on the changing tasks involved with keeping bees and will include one-on-one time with hives guided by your instructor.

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Full Course Description: 

This experiential class will cover the art and science of keeping bees in northern climates. The eight-session class is designed for beginning beekeepers and will provide hands-on experience at each turning point of the season. Each session will focus on the changing tasks that are involved with keeping bees and will include one-on-one time with the hives, guided by Mike Mackiewicz from Bone Lake Meadows Apiary and co-founder of the Amador Hill Bee Club. You can register for the whole season or for one class at a time throughout the season. Class meets the educational requirement for Urban Honeybee Permit holders and an opportunity to earn a WEI Beekeeping Certificate. 

Certification: This course may be used for full credit by participants in WEI’s Organic Beekeeping  Certificate ProgramYou can also register for this course without joining the Certificate Program.

Schedule:

All classes run from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm & Orchard

Sunday, March 24         Overview of beekeeping, building hive boxes, frames, and equipment overview

Sunday, April 28           Setting up hives, installing bees, planting for pollinators

Sunday, May 19            Hive day / anti-swarming techniques, reversal of hive boxes

Sunday, June 23           Hive day / honey assessment, preparing for nectar flow

Sunday, July 28            Hive day / mite counts

Sunday, Aug 25            Honey extracting

Sunday, Sept 22            Making mead, fall mite assessment

Sunday, Oct 27            Beeswax and winterizing hives and Swarm Party

Instructor Bio:

Mike Mackiewicz is head beekeeper at  Bone Lake Meadows Apiary which is located in the open, rural spaces of Washington County, Minnesota. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography and a minor in Art from the University of WI, Superior. He has completed the Beekeeping and Queen Rearing Courses at the University of MN. Mike began teaching beekeeping at the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) in 2017, a class that meets the educational requirements for Urban Honeybee Permit holders. Bone Lake Meadows Apiary aims towards sustainable beekeeping.  Since 2001, Bone Lake Meadows has had hives in various locations along the St. Croix River Valley. “As beekeepers, it’s our job to set up our bees to succeed. We do this by placing our bees on organically farmed land, orchards, garden plots, and CSA farms. All of our honey is completely raw and unadulterated and filtered once to remove large chunks of wax. With this process, you can both taste and see the difference.”

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