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Managing honey bee colony growth

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Add to Calendar 2023-06-11 14:00:00 2023-06-11 15:30:00 Managing honey bee colony growth June is a time of fast growth for many honey bee hives in Minnesota. Learn to prevent swarms and set your hive up to catch the nectar flow by doing reversals and adding space. We will monitor hives for Varroa mites and discuss mite management plans. 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. Find out more about the Mentoring Apiary program Turf Management Center, Golf Course Turf Management Center, Golf Course Turf Management Center, Golf Course America/Chicago public

Time

Central time

Location

Turf Management Center, Golf Course
2096 Roselawn Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55113

Contact

Jessica Helgen, ma-bees@umn.edu

June is a time of fast growth for many honey bee hives in Minnesota. Learn to prevent swarms and set your hive up to catch the nectar flow by doing reversals and adding space. We will monitor hives for Varroa mites and discuss mite management plans.

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.

Find out more about the Mentoring Apiary program

Audience

We welcome beekeepers of all skill levels, including 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

Online registration closes at 8 a.m. the day of each class. If you miss the 8 a.m. enrollment deadline and wish to sign up late, you must email ma-bees@umn.edu.

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). Depending on class size and topic, participants may be broken into groups based on experience.

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.

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.

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