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Continuing Education

Basics of Beekeeping - Mondays

Mondays, March 19h to May 14th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

PLUS: 4 additional OPTIONAL field trips: Saturdays, March 17th, March 24th, April 14th, and Friday April 20th. Waivers are required to be filled out and signed for each field trip.

Location: Wallis Hall Room 226, Traill College, 315 DublinStreet.

Register at https://www.regonline.com/basicsofbeekeepingmondays or in person at Scott House Room 102.4., 300 London Street, Traill College.

Drop-ins will not be admitted.

This popular beekeeping course will interest both the beginner beekeeper and those individuals looking for knowledge about bees and the beekeeping industry. It covers a wide range of topics from equipment, biology, pollination, duties and responsibilities, 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 responsibly manage honey bees colonies and you will find a whole community of beekeepers ready to help.

Although classes are designed to be stand-alone for a comprehensive understanding of bees and beekeeping, enrollment in the full program is encouraged.

Saturday March 17th, 10 am - 12 pm - Optional Field Trip to Kawartha Lakes Honey and commercial beekeeper Jerry Jerrard

$10.00 fee. 465 Colony Road, Bobcaygeon, K0M 1A0. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP.

Monday March 19th - 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 March 24th, 10 am - 12 pm - Optional Field Trip to Dancing Bees Apiary and commercial beekeeper Todd Kalisz

$10.00 fee. 3384 Loyalist Road, Port Hope, L1A 3V7. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP.

Monday March 26​th - 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.

Monday April 2nd - 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.

Monday April 9th - 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.

Saturday April 14th, 12 - 2 pm - Optional field trip to the Trent Apiary at Trent University for a spring hive exam (weather permitting)

No fee. 2140 East Bank Drive, Peterborough, K9L 1Z8. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP.

Monday April 16​th - 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 labelling. Class five will include hands on liquid honey extraction from the frame using a manual extractor as well as crush and strain and different methods of comb honey-cutting and collecting.

Friday April 20th, 6-9 pm - Optional field trip to the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association (COBA) meeting

$5.00 fee paid at the door to COBA. Topic includes labelling regulations for your honey.

Monday April 23rd - 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.

Saturday April 28th, 12 - 2 pm - Optional field trip to the Trent Apiary at Trent University for a spring hive exam (weather permitting)

No fee. 2140 East Bank Drive, Peterborough, K9L 1Z8. Your own transportation (or car pool) required. A WAIVER IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIELD TRIP.

Monday April 30th - 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.

Monday May 7th - 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.

Monday May 14th - 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 instil 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 online fees by registering in person at the College Office during business hours with cash or a cheque. Traill College Office is in Scott House and is open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm.