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Beekeeping: Ensuring healthy hives

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Add to Calendar 2022-09-18 13:00:00 2022-09-18 14:30:00 Beekeeping: Ensuring healthy hives One of the best ways to become a successful beekeeper is through hands-on mentoring from experienced beekeepers. Join instructors from the Bee Squad in our teaching apiary for in-person workshops that will take you from spring to fall. Each class will focus on a specific seasonal management skill, with time for participants to try inspection techniques and ask questions about their own colonies. September 18: Feeding, combining, and treatment to ensure healthy hives For hives to successfully overwinter, they must have sufficient honey stores, a healthy and sizable population of bees, and be relatively free of mites and disease. We will evaluate hives of different sizes and decide on the appropriate interventions. Mentoring Apiary, UMN St. Paul Campus Mentoring Apiary, UMN St. Paul Campus Mentoring Apiary, UMN St. Paul Campus America/Chicago public

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Central time

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Mentoring Apiary, UMN St. Paul Campus
St. Paul, MN 55108

Contact

Jessica Helgen, ma-bees@umn.edu

One of the best ways to become a successful beekeeper is through hands-on mentoring from experienced beekeepers. Join instructors from the Bee Squad in our teaching apiary for in-person workshops that will take you from spring to fall. Each class will focus on a specific seasonal management skill, with time for participants to try inspection techniques and ask questions about their own colonies.

September 18: Feeding, combining, and treatment to ensure healthy hives

For hives to successfully overwinter, they must have sufficient honey stores, a healthy and sizable population of bees, and be relatively free of mites and disease. We will evaluate hives of different sizes and decide on the appropriate interventions.

Requirements to participate

  • Participants must be 18 years or older to enter the apiary.
  • Bring your own bee veil, bee jacket, or bee suit to wear in the apiary.
  • Willingness to work without gloves in the apiary.
  • Have taken the "Beekeeping in Northern Climates" course, another basic beekeeping course or have kept bees for at least one year.
  • Willingness to follow ongoing COVID-19 protocols and stay home if sick.

Depending on class size and topic, participants may be broken into groups based on experience. We welcome first-year beekeepers and those who have taken the Beekeeping in Northern Climates course and want to try hive management before purchasing their own bees.

Cost

$30

Registration

Directions to the apiary will be sent after registration.

Mentoring Apiary series

All in-person apiary workshops will be held on Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m., at a teaching apiary on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Find more course information on the Beelab Mentoring Apiary site.

  • April 10: Hiving packages or checking overwintered colonies
  • May 1: Checking new packages or preparing for divides
  • May 15: Complete hive inspection and strategies for requeening
  • June 12: Managing growing colonies
  • July 17: Summer management
  • August 14: Fall mite management and pulling honey supers
  • September 18: Feeding, combining, and treatment to ensure healthy hives
  • October 16: Wrapping hives for successful overwintering

We encourage beekeepers to sign up for multiple workshops over the season. 

Gloveless beekeeping

One of the core tenets of the Bee Squad’s beekeeping philosophy is to enter colonies without wearing gloves. This allows the beekeeper to have the dexterity and sensory feedback to handle frames and bee boxes in a way that minimizes harm and disruption to the bees. For the safety of all students and instructors, we require that all participants do NOT wear gloves in our teaching apiaries.

We believe that the ability to manage a hive of honey bees calmly and confidently under a wide range of conditions is one of the most important skills gained from our program. Instructors work with all participants to demonstrate techniques to minimize stings to the beekeeper and disruption to the bees, but we cannot guarantee that participants will not be stung during our classes.

Please feel free to contact us (ma-bees@umn.edu) with questions prior to registration or attending class.

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