$130 – $220

2020 Bucks County Intermediate Beekeeping Course (8 months)

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Forest Grove Presbyterian Church

1856 Forest Grove Rd

Forest Grove, PA 18922

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The course consists of 8 classes from February to September.

Instructor: Vincent Aloyo, PhD (EAS certified Master Beekeeper)

PREREQUISITES: This course is designed for beekeepers who have completed Mark Antunes’ beginner OR with at least 1 year of experience with approval from Instructor.

WHEN: The course consists of 8 classes from February to October. The schedule will always be the 3rd Thursday of the month. Classes will be from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Class 1. Thursday, February 20
Class 2. Thursday, March 19
Class 3. Thursday, April 16
Class 4. Thursday, May 21
Class 5. Thursday, June 18
Class 6. Thursday, July 16
Class 7. Thursday, August 20
Class 8. Thursday, September 17

There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00pm (weather permitting) followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00pm. Veils are mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives.

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.

*Special discount code for those who took the official Beginner Class and register before February 10--email info@bucksbeekeepers.com for code.

**Want 50% off the price of this 8-month course?? BCBA is looking for two individuals who can help setup and breakdown before and after EACH class. This would require arriving at least 15 minutes early and staying at least 15 minutes late for every class. Times may fluctuate. Duties including setting up additional chairs, projector, putitng out cups and napking; helping to clean up snacks and returning room to original state before leaving. If you are interested, please email info@bucksbeekeepers.com. A special code will be provided for HALF OFF the cost of the course!

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

Below is a rough outline of the course materials. So that the beekeepers can prepare for the following month, the materials are presented a month in advance of when activities are usually needed. However, since we will all be experienced beekeepers, the material will be altered to reflect the participants’ needs. Seasonally relevant questions will be welcome. Weather permitting we will start the class with a visit to the club’s beehives. Beekeepers should bring questions and a their usual beekeeping attire (but at least a veil).

Proposed Topics

1. February (brood rearing has started)

  • Honey bee biology (individual level life cycle)
  • Nutrition (pollen)
  • Seasonality of salt foraging in honey bees (Bonoan 2017)
  • Sting reaction: allergy testing
  • Winter to spring: advantage of Spring feeding
  • Importance of low mite levels in the spring; treatments available

2. March (starvation month)

  • Track 1 bees died, why did they die?
  • Remove dead bees to reduce mold
  • Save the combs; consideration irradiation (handout for program)
  • analyze reason for death (starvation or Varroa; handout)
  • learn from death so can do better for next year
  • Only one colony: order replacement bees (package or nuc)
  • More than one colony: order queen to make split to replace
  • Track 2 bees alive: prepare for swarm control
  • Honey bee biology (colony level life cycle)
  • Swarm control and prevention
  • Making splits

3. April (weather permitting; visit apiary to check colonies)

  • Honey and pollen producing plants
  • Preparing for the honey flow
  • The stimulus for wax secretion and comb production
  • Supering for honey production
  • Extracted honey
  • Comb honey

4. May (weather permitting; visit apiary to check colonies)

  • How bees make honey
  • Harvesting honey
  • Medicinal properties of honey

5. June

  • Varroa monitoring after honey harvest
  • Integrated pest management for Varroa

6. July

  • Characteristics of various subraces of honey bee
  • Making splits
  • Mating behavior

7. August

  • Preparing for winter part 1
  • Honey bee diseases

8. September

  • Over wintering production hives and nucs
  • Feeding before winter
  • Feeding during winter
  • Late mite check and treatments

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