Basic Bee School Offered
Interested in having a few hives of honeybees but not sure exactly how to get started? The Appalachian Beekeeper’s Association is hosting a Basic Bee School! This Bee School is a quick crash-course intended to provide enough of an introduction to prepare you for getting started with honeybees and help you land on your feet when your bees first arrive.
When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Where: Mountain Folk Center (~9 miles West of Murphy on US 64 – on the left less than a mile past King’s Leather [which is on the right])
Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family. Reservations requested but not required.
Contact: Zack Stockbridge (828-321-2171 or email@example.com)
|9:00 – 9:10 A.M.||Welcome & Introductions|
|9:10 – 9:50 A.M.||Basic Honey Bee Lifecycle||
You do not need a biology degree, but understanding some of the basics about the kinds of bees and the stages in their lifecycles is important for knowing the health of your hives.
|9:50 – 10:30 A.M.||Hive Components||
What are the “pieces” of a hive? What kinds of boxes and frames are involved? This session is all about woodenware and wax.
|10:40 – 11:20 A.M.||Tools & Clothing||
Try on a bee suit, gloves, etc. Learn how to start and use a smoker. Get hands-on with the various tools that are helpful when working with the bees.
|11:30 – 12:00 P.M.||Installing a Package of Bees||Package bees are coming early this year. Weather permitting, we will install two packages of bees into their new homes as part of the Bee School.|
|11:20 – 12:00 P.M.||Hive Management||How do you go about a routine hive inspection? Learn what you should look for and what you can do to keep the hive healthy.|
|12:00 – 12:30 P.M.||Last Second Questions|
Also consider taking the Beginning Beekeeping course offered through the Community Enrichment Dept. at Tri-County Community College (828-837-6810)