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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



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