General Overview of this 9 month program: This course introduces students to the biology of the honey bee, beekeeping tools/gear, seasonal hive management techniques, identification and treatments for honey bee diseases, sustainable beekeeping practices, and honey extraction. We will begin with a series of virtual meetings featuring presentations from national beekeeping experts, as well as class discussion of textbook readings. If Covid restrictions allow, we will move to a hybrid scheduling including hands-on instruction in assigned beeyards.
This year, SEMBA’s Bee School program is encouraging and promoting the use of Michigan nucleus colonies or mini-hives as the way to begin your beekeeping journey. If you wish, you also have the option of starting with a package of bees. The pros/cons of each option will be thoroughly covered in the first few classes. SEMBA works closely with the Michigan Beekeepers Association and the Michigan State Universities Pollinator Extension Services.
#01 January 17 Introduction. Sharing the Love of Bees--Getting Started.#02 February 7 The Joys of Beekeeping--what to expect and what will you need.
#03 February 28 What bees need.#04 March 21 First spring yard visit. Unwrapping hives and examining dead outs.
#05 April 11 What’s happening in the hive? Preparing for the arrival of your bees!
#06 May 2 Second yard visit. Assessing a hive’s health and establishing a new colony.
#07 May 23 Busy time in the bee yard.
#08 June 13 Third yard visit.
#09 July 11 Pests and pathogens, preparing for winter.
#10 August 1 Maintenance and robbing.
#11 August 29 Extracting Honey
#12 Sept. 19 Winterizing your hive, final mite treatments, and feeding.