This experiential class will cover the art and science of keeping bees in norther 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 on-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 meeting the educational requirement for Urban Honeybee Permit holders and an opportunity to earn a WEI Beekeeping Certificate.
A Year in the Life of Bees: A WEI CERTIFICATE COURSE
When: Every 4thSunday of the month March – October, 2019, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Start Date: Sunday March 24
Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN
Instructor: Mike Mackiewicz , Bone Lake Meadows Apiary
Registration Fee: $250
Certification: This course may be used for full credit by participants in WEI’s Sustainable Beekeeping Certificate Program. You can also register for this course without joining the Certificate Program.
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 / mit counts
Sunday Aug 25 Honey extracting
Sunday Sept 22 Making mead, fall mite assessment
Sunday Oct 27 Beeswax and winterizing hives