2022 Beekeeping Classes

2022 Class Offerings
Currently all classes will be held in-person. If the situation warrants, students will be notified by email with a Zoom link.

Classes are priced per person. For family members wishing to take classes, please add the total number of participants to the shopping cart.

To get the class discount:
  • You must be a registered club member
  • You must be logged on

Exploring what's entailed in beekeeping

Learn what's involved in keeping bees. This one hour overview looks at the materials, cost and time commitment needed to keep bees.

WHEN:

WHERE:
Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm, 2025 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA

PRICE:
$10

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This two-part introductory class is comprised of one classroom day and one afternoon in the field. Taught by experienced club members, many in the CA Master Beekeeping Program, you’ll learn all you need to know to start beekeeping this spring.

SAT FEB 12

The classroom day is divided into six small stations. You’ll learn:

  • what equipment is needed to start
  • how to set up a bee yard
  • a tour inside the hive
  • what happens throughout the year
  • intro to bee biology and society
  • intro to Varroa and pests in the hive

We recommend the following books for the beginner beekeeper:

  • Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping by Samantha Johnson and Daniel Johnson (FFA)
  • The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile
  • Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston

WHEN:
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9am to 4pm

WHERE:
Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring Street, Placerville

Please arrive early to sign in.

LUNCH:
A Subway lunch is included.

SAT APR 16

During the afternoon field day you’ll learn:

  • how to light a smoker
  • how to properly open, close and inspect a hive
  • how to read the frames
  • how to test for Varroa mites

NOTE: Bring your veil and smoker

WHEN:
Saturday, April 16, 2022, noon to 3pm

WHERE:
Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm 2025 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA

PRICE:
$140 nonmember
$100 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (under eighteen)

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You’ve just installed your bees. What’s next? We understand that “information overload” is a given for new beekeepers. This field day class provides new beekeepers an in-hive review and demonstration of topics covered in Beginning Beekeeping.

Taught by experienced club members, many in the CA Master Beekeeping Program, you’ll review what is needed to get a good start with your new colonies.

In this 3-hour class you’ll review:

  • properly identifying the three individuals in a colony: queen, drone, worker
  • how to open and close a hive and how to pull a frame
  • how to read the frames: Is everything OK?
  • feeding your new colony
  • how to test for Varroa mites
  • Varroa mite treatment options

NOTE: Bring your veil and smoker

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11am to 2 pm

WHERE:
Sherwood Demonstration Garden and Community Observatory
6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA

PRICE
$45 nonmember
$35 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (below 18)

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Prerequisite: Must have successfully over-wintered one colony

Your bees survived the winter! Now what? In this intermediate class learn more about working your colonies and integrated pest management (IPM) with experienced club members, many in the CA Master Beekeeping Program.

Taught in four stations, you’ll learn:

  • hive management skills: splits, swarm control, re-queening and combining hives
  • The Varroa Wars: battle plans
  • biology / diseases in the hive
  • increasing your apiary with swarms: catch, trap, vacuum and cut-outs

WHEN:
Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9am – 2pm

WHERE:
Cameron Park Community Center, Classroom B
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Please arrive early to sign in.

LUNCH:
A Subway lunch is included.

PRICE:
$80 nonmember
$60 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (under eighteen)

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Class completed for 2022.

5 students minimum

What’s a Top Bar Hive? Learn the basics of TBH beekeeping with Chuck Jachens, an experienced TBH beekeeper in the CA Master Beekeeping Program.

You’ll learn:

  • Comparison to Langstroth, horizontal and Warre hives
  • TBH general overview
  • TBH pros and cons
  • how to install bees, getting started
  • inspections, comb handling and management
  • how to test and treat for Varroa in a TBH
  • honey harvest with a TBH
  • TBH insulation and ventilation
  • a construction demo of a TBH
  • a panel discussion with TBH members from the club
  • where to find more information

WHEN:
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 9am-1pm

WHERE:
Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm
2025 Carson Rd. Placerville, CA

Please arrive early to sign in.

PRICE:
$45 nonmember
$25 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$10 youth (under eighteen)

18

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18

Class completed for 2022.

Questions? Contact Cindy Holmes classes@eldoradobeekeepers.org.

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