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Introduction to Honey Beekeeping
Sat, 6 May 2017, 9:30 AM – Sun, 7 May 2017, 3:30 PM EDT
An opportunity to learn how to start up as a honey beekeeper! The programme, geared to adult participants, consists of 6 h in a classroom situation with activities and equipment demonstrations, followed by 1/2 day in a beeyard.
A manual, produced by the Ontario Beekeepers' Association, will be used during the workshop and may be purchased beforehand!
Topics covered include:
- Bee Biology
- Equipment needed to get started
- Setting up and maintaining the beeyard
- Rules and Regulations around beekeeping and food production
- Honey production
- Bee diseases and treatment
- Feeding and getting ready for winter in NW Ontario
- Moving on to year two of beekeeping
Registration includes a 2017 membership to the Thunder Bay Beekeepers' Association, which gives the participant access to information from other new and experienced beekeepers. Regular updates and meeting information provide members with information on best practices for our area. Participants who wish to work with an existing beekeeper before starting up themselves can easily find a mentor within the group! The TBBA is the local arm of the Ontario Beekeepers' Association.
On the Saturday, participants are asked to bring a lunch with them. Coffee/tea provided.
Sunday: Beeyard location TBA. Participants are asked to please wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, closed-in shoes. Light colours are best in the beeyard. Avoid fleece material as little bee feet will get caught. Hats/veils can be supplied. (In case of inclement weather (too cold or rainy to open the hive), an alternate date will be chosen to accommodate individual participants)
Programme: $120 (inc. TBBA membership for 2017) of which $50 (nonrefundable) deposit is required to hold your spot. Number of participants is limited!
OBA Manual: $32.40