This will be a BEGINNER course and will cover
- How to assemble your hive equipment
- How to light a smoker
- How and when to feed sugar syrup
- How to identify workers, drones, and your queen.
- How to identify brood, pollen, and honey.
- How to check for mites/other hive pests
- Different stages of brood (eggs, larvae, capped cells)
- Different ways to prepare for winter
- and more!
There will be a “classroom” portion where we will have an observation hive and be able to work with empty equipment, be able to see frames up close in the observation hive, and see queen cells.
PLEASE NOTE!!!! This IS a working apiary so there may be the occasional bee flying around in the buildings or outside during the classroom portion! If you have an allergy or believe you have an allergy to bees please do not participate in this course.
There will also be a “field” portion of the class where we will suit up and work with some live beehives. We will show you how to properly open your hive, the best way to find a queen. How to look for and identify eggs and more!
Age limit of 18 or older and will need to have your own bee suit, gloves, and proper shoes for working in a beehive. We do not have suits on hand and if you don’t have your own you WILL NOT be able to participate in the “field” portion of the class.
Max of 20 people per class.
We will have coffee and water on hand. This will be around a 3 – 4 hour course with time at the end for any extra questions!
You will be required to sign an agreement before participating. If you don’t you WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the class.
WARNING: Read your written agreement or the back of your ticket. Under Pennsylvania law, except for limited circumstances, an agritourism activity provider is not liable for any injury to or death of a participant resulting from an agritourism activity. Do not participate in the activity if you do not wish to waive liability.
There are NO REFUNDS!
The class will be on April 22nd 2023 beginning at 8:30 a.m.