*** We are accepting advance registrations for our 2021 classes. You will receive a registration confirmation now and a reminder in December***
2021 New Beekeeper Class – Our 2021 Introduction to Beekeeping class is forming now. Please click the Paypal button below to register. The class will fill quickly, so register today to reserve your seat!
Who: The class is for beginning beekeepers. It is open to adults and children age 10 and over.
What: This is a seven-week course that helps lay a solid foundation for your beekeeping endeavors. We will focus on core knowledge and principles that will help you set up and manage healthy, productive bee hives. The first six classes are held in a classroom. The seventh class is a field exercise.
This course has two distinguishing characteristics: first, our class size is small, which allows for more student-instructor interaction; second, our presentation emphasizes practical application – it is designed to help students to not only understand how a bee hive works but why it works that way – and how to make management decisions based on observations of hive conditions.
Each registration wlll receive one booklet containing the class slides as well as a number of helpful references. This will be an important tool to answer questions during your first year of beekeeping.
Pete, who designed and presents the class, has been certified by the University of Montana as a Master Beekeeper. He draws from his studies in that program and his years of beekeeping experience to provide a practical approach to beginning beekeeping.
|Week 1||Orientation: hive components and options; acquiring bees; beekeeping equipment|
|Week 2||Honey Bee Society: social structure and division of labor; beekeeping philosophy|
|Week 3||Nutrition and hive operations|
|Week 4||Diseases, Parasites, & Pests (I)|
|Week 5||Diseases, Parasites, & Pests (II)|
|Week 6||Putting it all together: The Beekeeper’s Year|
|Week 7||Field Day: hive inspection and how to install nucs and packages|
When: There are two sessions of the class; please choose one. The Saturday session will meet at 9:00 in the morning on Saturdays, beginning on Saturday, February 12, 2021. The last Saturday classroom session will be on Saturday, March 20. The Friday session will meet at 7:00 in the evening on Fridays, beginning on February 12 and the last Friday session will be on Friday, March 19. The field day for both sessions will be held during the last weekend in March or in early April; the exact date and time depends on weather and other factors and will be determined later. Classroom sessions will begin promptly on time and will run approximately 95 minutes.
Where: The course is held at Cardinal Apiaries, 15 Skyline Drive, Fredericksburg Virginia.
Course requirements: Pre-registration is required to attend the class. Please click the Paypal button below to register. Tuition is $95 per family (up to two individuals per family).
In order to keep bees, you will need equipment and supplies. I do not sell these items, but we will discuss equipment options in class; you can expect to pay between $250-$500 for each hive, depending on your own preferences. In addition, you can expect to pay $50-$200 per beekeeper for tools and personal protective gear.
In addition to the equipment you will need bees. Beekeepers often start with two colonies – one with a nucleus colony and the other started with a package of bees. We’ll discuss this in class.
You may register either by clicking the Paypal link below or by mailing your check to Cardinal Apiaries, 15 Skyline Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. If you choose to mail a check, please include your name and email address, as well as the section (Friday or Saturday) you wish to join. It is essential that I have your email address so that I can communicate information about the class.
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