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Mechanics of Beekeeping: The Beekeeper’s Year

Oriented to the first-year beekeeper or as a ‘refresher’ for the hobbyist getting back into beekeeping, this course will provide an overview of what to expect in a year of keeping bees. It will cover the fundamentals of beekeeping as well as ‘best practices’ in light of current research on honey bee health and pest management. Structured around the beekeeper’s calendar, this course should have you prepared for a spring beekeeping course and the arrival of 10,000-30,000 honey bees! Topics to include: Basic Bee Biology, Essential Equipment, the Apiary, Obtaining Bees, Pests and Diseases, Seasonal Management, and the Harvest.

Instructor Bio:

Karen and Ken Hall have been hobbyist beekeepers and members of the Central Virginia Beekeepers Association (CVBA) since 1997. Karen and Ken team up to teach a variety of honey bee related short courses, seminars, and informational sessions throughout the extended Charlottesville area. Karen is Outreach Coordinator for CVBA. Ken is a Journeyman Beekeeper in the Virginia State Master Beekeeper program.

Required Reading:

Blackiston, Howland. Beekeeping for Dummies, 2017.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A502 Ken Hall Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12 Fr 10:00-11:30 a.m. Ivy Creek Natural Area A

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