2020 Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping 101

For potential beekeepers

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 8

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

A lunch of Subway sandwiches, drinks and snacks is included

WHEN:
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9am to 4pm

WHERE:
Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St, Placerville, CA

Please arrive early to sign in

SAT MAR 21

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
Lunch is not included for Field Day

WHEN:
Saturday, March 21, 2020, noon to 3pm

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

PRICE:
$60 nonmember
$45 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (under eighteen)

Out of stock

All spaces taken

Out of stock

Sold Out
SAT MAY 16

Beekeeping 102

For beginners with new colonies

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 Beekeeping 101.

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
Lunch is not included

WHEN:
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 11am to 2 pm

WHERE:
Club apiary, between Sherwood Demonstration Garden and Community Observatory, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA (Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center)

PRICE
$35 nonmember
$25 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$10 youth (below 18)

8 in stock

spaces available

8 in stock

Sold Out
SAT MAR 7

Beekeeping 201

For 2nd year beekeepers and beyond

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, combining hives and equipment storage
  • The Varroa Wars: battle plans
  • biology / diseases in the hive
  • increasing your apiary with swarms: catch, trap, vacuum and cut-outs

A lunch of Subway sandwiches, drinks and snacks is included

WHEN:
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9am – 4pm

WHERE:
Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St, Placerville, CA

Please arrive early to sign in

PRICE:
$60 nonmember
$45 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (under eighteen)

Out of stock

All spaces taken
Cancelled
SAT MAR 28

Top Bar Hives 101

For beekeepers exploring alternative hive design

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

A lunch of Subway sandwiches, drinks and snacks is included

WHEN:
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9am-3pm

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

Please arrive early to sign in

PRICE:
$60 nonmember
$45 club member (must be logged in to get discount)
$20 youth (under eighteen)

Out of stock

spaces available

Out of stock

Cancelled
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