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.
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 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 / 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
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.”