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2019 Bucks County Beginner Beekeeping Course

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Forest Grove Presbyterian Church

1856 Forest Grove Rd

Forest Grove, PA 18922

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Are you interested in beekeeping but have never done it before? Have you started raising honey bees and want to learn more? Perhaps you have been raising honey bees for a few years and just want some refresher techniques. If so, then the Bucks County Beginner Beekeeping Course is just the right thing for you! It offers classes that are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs with a hands-on session in the apiary followed by lessons full of beekeeping insight and information in a classroom.

Instructor: MARK ANTUNES

WHEN: The course consists of 8 classes from February to September. The schedule will always be the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Class 1: Tuesday, February 26th

Class 2: Tuesday, March 26th

Class 3: Tuesday, April 23rd

Class 4: Tuesday, May 28th

Class 5: Tuesday, June 25th

Class 6: Tuesday, July 23rd

Class 7: Tuesday, August 27th

Class 8: Tuesday, September 24th

There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00pm followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00pm. Please note - the first class will be entirely in the classroom so no veil or equipment is needed. After the first class, veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Be sure you are not allergic to honey bee stings – get tested before you sign up.

WHERE: Forest Grove Presbyterian Church | 1856 Forest Grove Rd, Forest Grove PA 18922

COST: A single student receives membership to the Bucks County Beekeepers Association, educational materials, and eight great classes with hands on apiary experience for only $130. This is over 25 hours of teaching.

Note: Family members residing in the SAME HOUSEHOLD ONLY may register for a second student at a discounted price of $90.

CONTACT: For more information e-mail us at: info@bucksbeekeepers.com


AGENDA:

1. Welcome To Beekeeping – Sign in and Introductions

- What level of commitment is required to keep honey bees

- Getting tested for allergic reaction to bee stings

- Equipment and gear needed

- Ordering equipment, packages, and nucs

- Assembling and weather proofing equipment

- Selecting hive locations

- Honey bees and varroa mites

2. Lighting a smoker and keeping it lit. (outside)

Preparing for packages and nucs

- Equipment needed (review)

- Ordering equipment & packages (review)

- Assembling equipment (review)

- Hive locations (review)

- Installing packages and nucs, feeding and pollen substitute

- When and how to use smoke

- Mite assessment and oxalic acid dribble/vapor

3. In the bee yard: Feeding Bees – bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the classroom:

- Varroa Mite reproduction cycle, mite drop data collection and survey

- Bee equipment

- Feeding, looking for eggs and brood, checking the queen

- Colony development, honey comb – good and bad

- Varroa mite intervention and mite drop information

4. In the bee yard: Working Bees – bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the classroom:

- Spring management

- Mite drop data collection and survey

- Feeding Bees, Growing the colony, Adding brood boxes

- Pollen and Nectar sources,

- Reading the honey comb,

- Analyzing the colony

5. In the bee yard: – Working Bees - bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the classroom:

- What your bees should be doing

- Brood pattern, pollen & nectar storage

- Mites - why, where, when, what to do

- Mite Controls – IPM, VHS Bees, Treatments, hard or soft vs. organic

6. In the bee yard: Honey Harvesting – bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the classroom:

- Honey extraction - Uncapping, Spinning and Drip, Straining, Cappings, Wet Supering

- Post harvest management, restricting the queen

- Colony management with little or no nectar flow

- Post harvest mite control

- Robbing prevention and protecting weak colonies

7. In the bee yard: Colony Evaluation - bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the classroom:

- Checking for colony health, stores assessment, brood production

- Bee diseases and treatments

- Parasites and predators

- Preparing for fall – feeding mid-late summer

8. In the bee yard: Fall Preparations - Mouse Guards, fall feeding, colony strength – bring veil – no gloves. Sugar roll and mite assessment.

In the Classroom:

- Fall queen assessment and re-queening

- Fall Management – feeding, queen management, preparations for winter

- Feeding bees fall vs. winter, colony strength evaluation, combining colonies

- Over Wintering bees- feeding, checking the colony

- Over wintering supers- storing equipment

- The Beekeepers Year – planning for spring

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1856 Forest Grove Rd

Forest Grove, PA 18922

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