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Beekeeping: Mite management and pulling honey - Rochester

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Add to Calendar 2022-08-24 18:00:00 2022-08-24 19:30:00 Beekeeping: Mite management and pulling honey - Rochester 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 seasonal management skills, with time for participants to try inspection techniques and ask questions about their own colonies. Quarry Hill Nature Center Quarry Hill Nature Center Quarry Hill Nature Center America/Chicago public

Time

Central time

Location

Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Contact

Chris Schad, cschad@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 seasonal management skills, with time for participants to try inspection techniques and ask questions about their own colonies.

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

Refunds will not be given for missed workshops.

Mentoring Apiary series

Find more course information on the Beelab Mentoring Apiary site.

We encourage beekeepers to sign up for multiple workshops over the season. Please note that participants should come into the apiary with a basic understanding of honey bee biology and hive structure AND their own protective equipment (bee veil or jacket). 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!

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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