Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping

Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping

  •  Sat., June 29, 2019
     10:00am - 3:00pm

This workshop is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in learning intermediate level skills. There’s no prerequisite knowledge required, but it will be more advanced than an introductory level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then an apiary tour with open hive inspection with practical, hands on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping.

This class will focus on common beekeeping practices, including integrated pest management strategies in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this interactive workshop will have a lot to offer you.

Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of the history and practice of beekeeping
  • Advanced bee biology
  • General maintenance and hive inspections best practices
  • Processes and life cycles within the colony
  • Diseases, pests and treatments
  • Troubleshooting and tips for backyard beekeeping success
  • How to catch and keep a swarm
  • When and how to split your hive
  • Integrated Pest Management strategies
  • Varroa mite life cycle, testing and control
  • Preparing hives for winter

Please wear beekeeping appropriate clothing (closed toe shoes, socks, long pants, long sleeves -if desired, no perfumes or heavy scents, etc.). We will have some protective beekeeping gear to share, but please bring your own if you have it.

Instructor: Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers

Price: $50

Location: American River Ranch in the Schoolhouse and Outside, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Cancellation Policy: No refunds or class credits with less than 48 hour notice prior to class.

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