Interested in having a backyard apiary or taking your beekeeping skills to the next level? Join Nathalie from Bee Mindful for the intermediate and advanced levels of a three-part Becoming a Natural Beekeeper Series.
Join the Level 2 or Level 3, or both! Note: these two classes are ticketed separately.
Level Two (10:00am – 12:00pm) – This is an in-depth natural beekeeping class with a practical focus on what a beekeeper needs to do, from installing bees to harvesting honey. Tickets for the class are $60 and can be purchased on Bee Mindful’s website.
Level Three (12:30pm – 3:30pm) – This Advanced/Hands-On in the Apiary class is the last level of our three-part Becoming a Natural Beekeeper Series. It is led by Les Crowder and/or Nathalie (Master Level in the TAMU Master Beekeeper Certification Program) Tickets for the class are $130 and can be purchased on Bee Mindful’s website.
Lunch and drinks are available for purchase.
Be sure to check out the hands-on Level 1 theory class held at Vista’s apiary on Thursday, March 14!
In the Level 2 class, we will discuss & demonstrate with props the following concepts:
– installation of packages, nucs, and swarms into Top-Bar & Langstroth Hives
– feeding strategies and options
– principles of Natural, chemical-free Beekeeping
– swarming prevention
– requeening basics
– harvesting process
In the three hour Level 3 class, we will work in a Natural and Sustainable Apiary with working Top-Bar Hives AND Langstroth Hives, and discuss & demonstrate the following:
– how to quickly and efficiently light a smoker that lasts
– how to quickly inspect Top-Bar Hives and Langstroth Hives
– how to evaluate a colony’s health and issues
– how to read frames (all stages of brood, finding the queen, food stores of pollen and nectar/honey, identifying nurse bees, foragers, guards, drones)
– identifying the queen, foragers, nurse bees, , guards, drones)
– identifying pests and pathogens and how to troubleshoot
You will need to bring your smoker, protective clothing (veil, jacket or suit, gloves, closed shoes/boots, hive tool). If the weather does not cooperate, we will do talk through advanced concepts of beekeeping, including the subjects listed above.