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Continuing Education

Basics of Beekeeping

A beekeper in a white suit opening up a beehive, outisde in the setting sunlight

Basics of Beekeeping

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

PLUS: 3 additional OPTIONAL field trips, SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 to help winterize the Trent Apiary, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 and SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th to visit commercial apiaries. All field trips are from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Location: Scott House Room 105, Traill College.

Cost: $20 per class (+ HST).  Optional field trip on November 18th is $10.00.

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/basicsofbeekeeping or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 102.4, 300 London Street, Traill College.

This nine week course is designed to stimulate interest in bees, create citizens knowledgeable about bees and their role in our ecosystem and get you started in beekeeping. With a stand-alone topic discussed each week, this basic beekeeping course will cover a wide range of topics from equipment, pollination, and the duties and responsibilities of the beekeeper, to honey and hive products, pests and diseases. The curriculum is designed to be comprehensive, but also dynamic and fun with hands on activities. Together we will work our way through the topics, learning about the colony and its relationship to the environment and the beekeeper. Come and learn how to manage honey bee colonies and you will find a whole community of beekeepers ready to help.

Wednesday 18 October - Getting Started

The first class will explore the opportunities; do I know what is involved in becoming a beekeeper? We will examine the basics of becoming a beekeeper in Ontario including such topics as: what equipment will I need, where should I purchase my bees and where the best location for my hive.  We will also explore the time, physical and financial requirements of beekeeping. Class will include equipment demonstration and assembly.

Saturday 21 October - Optional field trip to the Trent Apiary (main campus behind the DNA building) to help winterize the Trent hives.

No fee. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED FROM THE STUDENT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP

Wednesday 25 October - Bee Biology & Pest Management

Understanding bee biology is fundamental to understanding how the bee and the colony work together in your Apiary. Class two will introduce you to bee biology; the anatomy and physiology of these fascinating creatures. It will also include Pest Management. Pests can be a real threat to your apiary. We will learn integrated pest management and how to protect your hive to discourage critters like ants, raccoons, and bears from visiting your bee yard.

Wednesday 1 November - Disease Management

Identifying, monitoring, treating and record keeping are all part of a larger integrated disease management program for your apiary. In the third class we will explore both conventional and natural methods of treating honey bee diseases and discuss the differences between the Organic Apiculture in Canada and the Ontario Treatment Recommendations.

Wednesday 8 November - A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper

From start to finish the fourth class will explore a month by month account of the honey bee colony and the responsibilities and duties of the beekeeper that cares for them. This class ties all the information together and will include pest management, registration obligations, supplemental feeding and hive inspection. We will play a bee game to test our knowledge and also learn who our community partners are.

Wednesday 15 November - Honey

It’s all about the honey! From bee to bottle –the story of honey from the bee and flower to harvesting, marketing, sales, packaging and labeling. Class five will include hands on liquid honey extraction from the frame using a manual extractor as well as crush & strain and different methods of comb honey-cutting and collecting.

Saturday 18 November - Optional Field Trip to Kawartha Lakes Honey, Colony Road in Bobcaygeon.

$10.00 fee. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED FROM THE STUDENT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP

Wednesday 22 November - Hive Products

There is more to bees than honey. Class six will walk through all the other products a beekeeper can create from the hive: Propolis, wax, venom, mead, royal jelly and the bees themselves: we will try our hand at creating some bees wax candles and other hive products.

Friday 29 November - Getting your Bees and Communication

Bees can be captured in swarms, or purchased in nucs, partial and full colonies as well individual queens can support a hive split. Class seven will discuss how to catch a swarm, install a nuc, and split a hive. It will also discuss the magic of bee communication.

Wednesday 6 December - Pesticides, Pollination and the Bee Friendly Habitat

This class will provide an overview of the honey bee industry and threats to the health of all bees both domestic and indigenous. Plants and bees co-evolved together so a garden that uses native plants that provide pollen and nectar from early spring to late fall will help keep our bees strong and healthy. Together we will build a bee friendly garden that encourages the sustainability of bee populations. We will also build indigenous bee houses while learning the basics of pollination, gardening and habitat choices to support populations of bees.

Saturday 9 December - Optional Field Trip to Dancing Bees Apiary in Canton

No fee. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED FROM THE STUDENT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP

Wednesday 13 December - Alternative Methods of Beekeeping

Non-traditional hive structures and beekeeping techniques will be explored including Top Bar, Flow and Slovenian Hives. Wrap up questions and answers, bee game.

About the Instructor:

An interest in the natural world, particularly the relationships that exist between all living things has drawn Whitney Lake to beekeeping. Honey bees are extraordinary creatures and through teaching others Whitney hopes to instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of these amazing creatures.  She completed a Bachelor of Science in the Honours program at Trent University and is now enrolled in the Masters of Education program. In 2014 Whitney founded the Trent Apiary Club, bringing the first hives to the Trent Peterborough campus, and together with Leslie Boileau formed the swarm removal business called the Swarm Sisters.  As a hobby beekeeper she understands the challenges and excitement in taking those first few steps towards having your own apiary. Whitney is committed to working in partnership to share information, develop good husbandry and sustainable practices in agriculture. Primarily she believes in a world where we can co-exist with all things on this land.

Online registration is provided through RegOnline, a third-party registration service. An additional charge will be applied by RegOnline in addition to the course fee.

Avoid additional charges by registering in person with cash or a cheque.