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Beekeeping School 2017 - John Jay Homestead, Katonah, NY
Sun, March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Thank you for your interest in Beekeeping School
This is 7th year we are having Beekeeping School. The school consists of a series of 16 two to two and a half hour long classes. The school is intended to help beginning beekeepers develop basic beekeeping skills.
Participants will follow the establishment and development of colonies of honey bees over the course of one growing season beginning in March and ending in October. The classes are held ever two or three weeks throughout the summer. Each class consists of an hour long lecture followed by and hour and a half of practical hands-on training. At Stone Barns the outdoor hands-on training is done first to utilize the daylight before sunset.
The school is being co-sponsored by the John Jay State Historic Site, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and the Melisseus Honeybee Research and Education Initiative.
In an attempt to accommodate both weekend/midweek and daytime/evening schedules we will hold two series of classes. The first will be Tuesdays from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY. The second will be on Sundays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY. Most weeks the Stone Barns Class will be held first and the John Jay class will be held the following Sunday. Weeks marked with an asterisk in the schedule below are reversed. Click here for a complete schedule for both locations and additional information at the location.
Participants should select their preferred day - Tuesday or Sunday - and enroll in that series. But to accommodate scheduling conflicts that may occur throughout the summer, students will be allowed to attend classes in either series. The exact same material will be presented at both sites. This is the enrollment site for the John Jay Homestead location. There is a separate Eventbrite enrollment page for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture here. The class will be limited to 20 people at each location.
The first day we will be meeting at John Jay is March 26, 2017 at 6:00PM. Upon registering you will receive an email with information about where to go and what to bring, etc. If not all of the 20 available spots are filled by that date we will allow late enrollment up until the Honey Bee Life Cycle class on May 14th. After that enrollment will be closed until next year.
The class will be co-taught by Maggie Schwed, beekeeper at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and D. J. Haverkamp, owner of Bedford Bee Honeybee Service.
Basic safety equipment (gloves, smoker, bee jacket, etc) are provided. Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver and volunteer agreement. We will be working with live honey bees as a part of each of the workshops - there is a very real possibility of being stung at some point during the summer. Participants take full responsibility for any allergic reaction which may result.
The classes have been refined and improved each of the past six years. This year we have added two new classes to allow us to provide our participants a fuller understanding of how to get set up with the right beekeeping equipment and a class on problems honeybees are facing. We believe the hands-on on nature of this school makes it one of the best learning experiences possible for anyone interested in learning the skill of beekeeping. We do allow are past students to attend classes the following year to make up any classes they want to review or may have had to miss.
For further information please contact D. J. Haverkamp at 914-232-7173 or Maggie Schwed at 917-957-6035
John Jay schedule
- 3/26 Intro / Safety – Beekeeping overview
- 4/2 Equipment / Types of hives
- 4/16 Equipment building (optional)
- 4/23 Beekeeping resources / Package installation
- 4/30 Package installation
- 5/7 Colony collapse
- 5/14 Honey bee life cycle
- 5/21 Honey bee reproduction / Swarm control & capture
- 6/11 Honey bee diseases
- 6/25 Colony manipulations, splits, & requeening
- 7/16 Honey & honey harvesting
- 7/30 Varroa mite
- 8/13 Small hive beetle / Make-up session
- 8/27* Dealing w/ mean bees / Stings
- 9/10* Honeybee nutrition / feeding
- 10/8 Wax moth / wax
- 10/22 Moving hives / winter preparation