SEMBA'S BEGINNING BEEKEEPERS COURSE 2019
Beginning beekeepers will learn about the biology of the honey bee, the components of a bee hive, tools and protective gear, purchasing bees, and how to take care of them--feeding, disease treatments, honey extraction and winterizing.
Classes will include review of textbook readings, guest lectures and hands-on experience in the on-site bee yard.
Sundays, March 3 -September 29 (12 Sessions)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).
Attendance for all classes is important because it is difficult to duplicate hive
conditions for non-attendees and classes build upon prior information.
Tollgate Education Center--MSU
28115 Meadowbrook Road; Novi, MI 48377
Meet in barn, conference center or bee yard
· Cecilia Infante email@example.com (734) 358 0525
· John DeCarte firstname.lastname@example.org (248) 766 9924
· Rich Wieske email@example.com (248) 585 5558
$180 per person (payable in advance)
plus $10 per individual or $15 per family (SEMBA membership fee)
To have or not to have hives
We have room at Tollgate for 30 student hives. If you wish to have your student hive at Tollgate, please indicate this on the registration form. You do not have to have a hive at all if you wish to just be an observer through this course, or you can get a hive and keep it at your house or location where you will have your bee yard. All 3 of these are a possibility. However as above we only have room for 30 student hives and the class will be open to 45 people.
1) Pay class tuition and fill out information form. Registration will continue until the course is filled. Please note course size is limited to forty-five (45) students.
2) Join SEMBA and pay membership fee. (if not already a member)
You must be a SEMBA Member to join the Bee School
BEE AND HIVE PURCHASE:
You do not have to buy bees and hive equipment to participate in this class, however everyone must have their own protective clothing (bee suit or jacket with veil, bee gloves, work boots or shoes).
We will provide information on purchasing hive equipment (hive kit, hive tool, bee brush, smoker) and protective clothing in the first class. You do not need to order anything in advance. There will be plenty of time to order and build hives before the bees arrive in late April. We have pre-ordered three-pound packages of bees at a cost of $125 each. The estimated cost for protective clothing and hive kits is: $250-$350.
You can order your bees now.
Please keep your order to 1 bee package! - We suggest you purchase additional bees from Dave Pearce at https://www.localbuzzbees.com
Honey Bee Biology by Dewey Caron with Larry Connor.
Reading assignments will be from this book. Discount price for SEMBA students: $40. Purchase is available here or at any SEMBA monthly meeting.
1 - Sunday, March 3 Introduction to Beekeeping
Below conferences are strongly recommended (though not required):
March 8 & 9: MBA Spring Conference: http://www.michiganbees.org/
March 16: SEMBA's Annual Conference: https://www.sembabees.org/events/
2 - Sunday, March 24 Building Equipment
3 - Sunday, April 7 The Bees Are Coming: What to Expect
***Evening TBD (April 15- May 6)
Although the bees are scheduled to arrive around April 15, much depends on weather conditions in Georgia during January, February, and March. Bees could arrive as late as May 5. We will let everyone know as soon as we know.
When the bees arrive, we need to introduce them into their new hives as soon as possible. Three to five days later, we need to make sure they are doing fine and that the queen has been released.
TBD Pick up bees and install in on-site hives (one hour)
4 - Sunday, April 28 or Sunday, May 5 -Depending when bees arrive from Georgia
Examining the hive: how is the queen doing?
5 - Sunday, May 19 What’s happening in the hive—problems, possibilities.
6 - Sunday, June 9 Identifying eggs, larva, drones, workers, queen
7 - Sunday, June 23 Pivotal time in the bee yard
8 - Sunday, July 14 Testing for mites; hive treatments
9 - Sunday, Aug 11 All about honey
10 - Sunday, Aug 25 evening class Removing hives from Tollgate
11 - Sunday, Sept 15 Honey Extraction
12 - Sunday, Sept 29 Feeding and winterizing your hive--Wrap Party!
INTRODUCTION TO BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
SESSION 1 MARCH 3 : Introduction to Beekeeping
Introducing Roy Prentis, Tollgate Farm Manager
Introduction of SEMBA Instructors and students
Discussion of options for procuring bees, equipment and woodenware (hives)
Handouts detailing what to bring for next class.
Synopsis of hive alternatives: Langstroth, top bar, Warre and skeps
The honey bee, the bee hive and bees as a super organism
Overview of the beekeeping year
Homework for next class: Read Honeybee Biology, chapters 4, 5, 6, 11, 12. Buy protective clothing and hive woodenware and tools, if applicable. Bring to next class.
SESSION 2, MARCH 24: Building Equipment
Review readings from Honeybee Biology
Discuss hive location
Constructing hive boxes and frames
Answer questions regarding equipment, clothing and bee purchase
Homework for next class: Read Honeybee Biology, chapters 7, 8, 9, 10
Finish building hive equipment at home; prime or stain exterior surfaces of hive.
SESSION 3, APRIL 7: The Bees Are Coming: What to Expect
Review readings from Honeybee Biology
Discuss foundation options and bee package installation
Discuss options for feeding new packages of bees
Identify hive placement within Tollgate bee yard