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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

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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.

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 / mit counts

Sunday Aug 25           Honey extracting

Sunday Sept 22           Making mead, fall mite assessment

Sunday Oct 27            Beeswax and winterizing hives