BEEKEEPING SCHOOL 2024
3/27 None Intro / Safety - Beekeeping Overview
4/10 4/12 4/14 4/16 Equipment / Types of Hives
4/17 4/19 4/21 4/23 Package Installation - Resources
4/24 4/26 4/28 4/30 Honey Bee Life Cycle
5/8 5/11 5/12 5/14 Reproduction / Swarms 5/17 5/19 5/21 Review / Catch up Session 5/22 5/24 5/26 5/28 Honey Bee Diseases
6/5 6/7 6/9 6/11 Colony Manipulations, Splits
6/19 6/21 6/23 6/25 Colony Collapse Disorder - Varroa Mite pt 1 Saturday June 22 Solstice Festival at Muscoot Farm
7/3 7/5 7/7 7/9 Honey & Honey Harvesting 7/17 7/19 7/21 7/23 Varroa Mite Control pt 2
7/31 8/2 8/4 8/13 Small Hive Beetle / Make up Eastern Apicultural Society Conference - Turf Valley, MD (August 5 - 9) - not part of the school
8/21 8/23 8/25 8/27 Dealing with Agressive Bees
9/4 9/6 9/8 9/10 Honey Bee Nutrition / Feeding Bees
9/18 9/20 9/22 9/24 Wax Moth Control
10/9 10/11 10/13 10/15 Moving hives / Winter Preparation
At each location, the students will set up a small apiary of three bee hives to work with and follow throughout the summer. One colony will be set up from a package, one from a nucleus colony, and one will be an overwintered colony. This will give students a range of experiences.
Protective equipment consisting of a hooded bee jacket, leather gloves, smokers, and hive tools will be provided for all participants. If a participant is more comfortable in their own safety gear they are free to bring their own. The use of bee jackets is required during the apiary sessions. If you plan to purchase your own bee jacket, please contact us for recommendations. Honey bees do sting and it is a possibility that as a participant you may be stung. Students take full responsibility for any allergic reaction that may occur. Students need to be 16 years of age or older to enroll. Minors under 16 will be allowed to attend with a parent or guardian. Couples choosing to enroll together will need to pay the enrollment fee individually. Enrollment will be limited to 12 people at each location. Upon registering you will receive an email with information about where to go and what to bring, etc. If not all of the 12 available spots are filled by April 6, we will allow late enrollment up until the Honey Bee Reproduction class on May 10th. After that, enrollment will be closed until next year. The cost for the 15 sessions is $350 for both the Zoom lectures and the hands-on sessions. The option to participate in the Zoom lectures without attending the hands-on sessions is available at a cost of $200. We accept cash, check, credit card, PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle. After you register we will send you an invoice with payment instructions. Your spot is not confirmed until we receive payment. To register please fill out and submit the form below. We will e-mail you with additional information and instructions for how to pay. You may also use this form to request information. If you taking the school because you plan to keep bees for the first time this year, we would be happy to help you with getting set up. We offer hive set ups and can provide you with honey bees. Just let us know in the submittal form below.
Working with the live bees is a very important part of our school experience. There are many weekend, online, and one-day beekeeping schools that are offered. Few of them offer time working with live bees. We believe this is what sets our school apart. Learning the skills required to be a successful beekeeper requires hands-on time working with the bees. Our school focuses on this so that the student can develop their skills in a guided and mentored environment.
If you're interested in beekeeping as a hobby but you're not sure if it's really for you, our school offers an excellent opportunity for you to try it out before you invest in the equipment needed to care for honey bees. You do not need anything to attend the school. Also, if you are planning on starting with honey bees this coming summer, our school is an excellent way to help you get started. You will be able to compare what is happening with the honey bees in the school apiaries and practice the skills you are learning with your bees. We are here to support you in your efforts and will make accommodations to give you the support you need. Please call to get additional details and information. (914-525-1990) You will receive an email reminder before each Zoom session with the appropriate Zoom sign-in information. After each Zoom lecture you will receive a set of review questions for you to use to test your knowledge to see how well you have learned the meaterial for that class. The schedule and list of topics covered is at the left.