An INTRODUCTION to keeping honeybees. Basic how-to information & helpful tips for keeping honeybees - workshop for new & emerging beekeepers in 2017. In an intimate setting (group limit 10 person), I will go over how (where/when) to get your bees, what equipment you will need, how to manage your hives through the months ahead and take care of your bees. This workshop is designed to empower confidence in new beekeepers, support decision-making and learning, and shed light on some of the mysteries you will discover in the world of beekeeping. SEE OUTLINE BELOW.
COST is $45 [+fees] Includes a 76 page "Beekeeping Basics" handbook. (2016 publication).
WHERE: Chilliwack, B.C. Note: You will receive an email (from Laura) after registration - with the workshop address & details.
Who's in the Hive? (Lifespan of bees, development timeline; How to recognize different bees/brood)
Bounty of Bees (What products bees make and how they do it)
Getting Started (Reasons to keep bees and things to consider before you do; By-laws & rules around beekeeping; Getting bees and what's involved; # of hives and where to put them; Equipment & supplies needed; Dealing with bee stings).
Taking Care of your Bees (How to inspect your hive and key things to look for)
Disease & Pest Management (Overview of disease types, parasites, etc.; Introduction to Varroa Mite Management; Summary of things to do to have a healthy hive)
Feeding your Bees (To feed or not to feed; Honey and pollen supplementing)
Beekeeping Calendar Overview (Coming out of winter: bee poop, dead bees, bottom board, weight of hive; Into Spring: pollen coming in, uniting hives, first signs of nectar, swapping hives, mite treatments; Summertime: The importance of water, harvesting honey, honey robbing; Fall: wintering your hive, mite treatments, cleaning equipment).
All about the Queen (A queenless hive; Laying workers; Introducing new queens; Queen rearing: supercedure and swarm queens)
Swarm Management (Reasons bees swarm and what to watch for/signs of swarming; things to do to prevent a swarm).
WORKSHOP HOST: Laura Cameron - Delisle (M.A., B.A. Environmental Education). Laura's background in beekeeping includes: 5+ years experiences with bees; Completed 6 weeks organic beekeeping course, Blessed Bee Farm 2012; Completed Ministry of Apiculture Beekeeping Course 2013; Writer of Circlebee: A book about Circle & bees, (2013, Bumblebee Circle Publishing) and Beekeeping Basics: A Handbook for New & Emerging Beekeepers (2016, Bumblee Circle Publishing). And the Chilliwack Beekeeping Community Coordinator 2013- present... See also Organizer Description.