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Beginning Beekeepers School

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Dates: Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm from September 16 - September 30, 2017; optional Ask a Beekeeper sessions begin at 8:30 am before each class.

Cost for 2-Day course : $75. This fee also includes one book and membership for one Individual to the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers as well as the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association ($60 value).

Members of the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers will receive a $20 discount! Become a member today by following link below!

https://hampsteadbees.org/membership/

You may bring one additional family member for an additional $10 fee.

Deadline for registration: August 15, 2017*. To register, you must send in a registration form along with your check.

If you are ready to reserve your seat, please select the following link:www.hampsteadbees.org/bee-school

* Register early! Space is limited to 35 people. We will fill up before the deadline and have to turn people away! Due to the high demand for our school, first preference will be given to Hampstead residents and/or current members of the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers Association. If there are still slots available after the August 15 deadline, we will admit students from outside the county on a first come, first served basis. We will send an email confirmation of registration on or before August 22. Checks will be returned for those who did not make it into the school before classes begin.

Course Outline for 2017 Beekeeping School

[Day 1]: September 9, 2017 9 am - 4 pm (Lunch from 12-1) Bring your lunch.


Starting a New Hive

Speaker: Bob Simon; Journeyman and Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

• Site considerations: location, neighbors, ordinances

• Getting your own: package bees, nucs, swarms, buying an existing colony or split (advantages, disadvantages, and cautions of various sources)

• Installing bees

• Making or buying a nuc

• Caring for the bees (more to be covered in Hive Management)

• The importance of feeding after installation

• Sources for bees – state certified


Equipment and Frame Assembly

Speakers: Don Ayres; Long-time Beekeeper and Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers and Gerard Torchio; Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

• Review of basic equipment and hive parts (bottom boards, hive body, supers, frames, inner cover, outer cover) and what and how they work together; buying vs. building

• Other equipment (queen excluders, feeders, hive straps, moving frame, staples, mite traps, sugar boards)

• Plans for making own hive bodies and supers

• Sources for equipment

• Frame assembly demo


Pollinator Gardens; Bee Stings

Speaker: Wolf Herrmann; Master Gardener and Beekeeper, Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers and Sheen Perkins; President of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

• Honey plants and the principles of planting a bee garden

• Bee stings: what to expect, how to minimize them, medical responses, and how to treat



Biology and Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

• Anatomy and physiology

• Individual caste life cycles, duties

• Hive life cycle (brief intro to what bees do in each season)

• Communication: pheromones, dancing

• Brief intro to races



Honey Bee Pests, Diseases, and Integrated Pest Management:

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

An overview of the most common pests and diseases of honey bees with an emphasis on the most problematic
IPM strategies: resistant breeds, screened bottom boards, proper maintenance, checking population, proper use of pesticides, mechanical controls


Seasonal Hive Management

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

• Late winter/early spring

• Honey flow prep; post honey flow

• Summer management

• Fall and winter management


Day 2 will have a review and a written test will be administered to those that would like to obtain the NCSBA Beginning Beekeeper’s Certification. This optional certification requires passing the written exam and a practical field day test held on 9/30/17 (weather permitting.)

[Day 3]: September 23, 2017 9 am - 4 pm (Lunch from 12-1) Bring your lunch.


NCDA Hive Inspections; Certified Naturally Grown; Expert Beekeeper Panel

Speakers: Nancy Ruppert; Apiary Inspector with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Wolf Herrmann, Bob Simon, and Hampstead Natural Beekeepers' Panel

NCDA hive inspections

Open discussion with expert beekeepers

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