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We are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the health and wellbeing of our community as our top priority. All classes and events scheduled for March are being postponed until further notice.  All registered students will receive an email with more details. If you have questions, please email susanne@w-e-i.org.  







Become a beekeeper in this eight-month hands-on class that meets one Sunday per month while following the life of Honey Bees.

The first class starts Sunday, March 22, 2020, and continues every 4th Sunday of the month through October.A Year in the Life of Honey Bees

A Year in the Life of Honeybees

An 8-month training course

When: 4th Sunday of each month Mar-Oct, 12:30 – 4:00pm 

Start Date:  Sunday, March 22, 2020

Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructor:  Mike Mackiewicz, Bone Lake Meadows Apiary

Registration Fee:    $250.00


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. Class meets the educational requirements for Urban Honeybee Permit holders.

Registration closes March 15 or earlier if the class limit has been met. Register now to avoid waitlist placement. To earn a certificate, registrants must attend at least 7 of the 8 classes. Please check your local urban city ordinance. The class schedule is subject to change, dates will be rescheduled if needed due to weather.

Class meets the educational requirements for Urban Honeybee Permit holders and the WEI Beekeeping Certificate. 

Course Schedule: 

MAR  22: Overview of Beekeeping, building hive boxes & frames / equipment 

APR 26: Setting up hives, installing bees, planting for pollinators

MAY 17: Hive day / anti-swarming techniques, reversal of hive boxes

JUN 28: Hive day / honey assessment, prepping for nectar flow

JUL 26: Hive day / mite counts

AUG 23: Honey extracting

SEPT 27: Making mead, fall mite assessment

OCT 25: Beeswax and winterizing hives