2020 Intermediate Bee School
This course is designed for individuals with some beekeeping experience. Students should have completed a season-long beekeeping course or have kept bees successfully through at least one winter, and have a basic understanding of bee biology and management techniques. We will address management strategies for beekeepers who want to expand their apiaries and have more overwintering success, or for those who feel like they are stuck as a beginner beekeeper year after year. We'll take a more in-depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease treatment and prevention, and tricks of the trade. The classes are scheduled to be slightly ahead of when you would perform the tasks on your own hive, so that you are prepared to manage your own hive through the season. The goal of this course is for participants to be able to identify their colony’s needs and to have the skills to keep a more sustainable apiary.
Each class will begin with indoor lecture/discussion, and will move to the teaching apiary (except February, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. We will use the club's teaching hives at the Botanical Gardens for hands-on skills training. It is recommended that participants attend each class, as each session will cover new information.
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