Beginning Beekeeping is NOT for Dummies!

Spring 2021

Beginning Beekeeping is NOT for Dummies

What makes this class better than others?

        • There's a hands on apiary session with real live bees!

        • I've been working with bees and students for over 35 years and have a solid background in both.

        • I stay up to date.

        • Without a good class (and hopefully an experienced mentor) most (80%) beginning beekeepers lose their bees every year for about three years. Learn to keep them alive!

        • WE ARE YELLOW (on the state COVID dial)!!! Hooray!

          • That means that these classes will be taught in person! This is a much better format for your beginning class, and it will much smaller, at 50% capacity.

          • There is plenty of room to maintain 6 ft physical distance, and plenty of through ventilation.

          • Everyone will wear a mask.

          • Plenty of places to wash hands with soap and water for 20 sec.

Choice of dates and formats. (If there are fewer than 4 in a class, I may cancel or ask you to move to another.)

Four 2 h sessions

E - Thursdays: April 8, 15, 22, 29 @6:30-8:30pm OR

F - Fridays: April 9, 16, 23, 30 @6:30-8:30pm


Two 4 h days.

G - Saturday AM: April 17 & 24 @9am-1pm FULL

The focus of the class will be understanding bees and beekeeping in Colorado so that you'll have a scaffold on which to hang new information and a foundation for evaluation and problem solving. I want to get you and your bees through the first year and point you toward what you'll need for years 2-5. Here are the topics we'll cover with opportunities for questions:

>Bee biology - worker-queen-drone development, functions, nutrition, genetics, behavior

>Apiary setup

>Equipment for you and your bees

>Starting with a package, nuc, swarm

>How to work with your bees

>Pests, predators, parasites, diseases common to Colorado

>VARROA mites

>You and your bees through the seasons in Colorado

In addition, as part of the class, we'll have a HANDS ON APIARY SESSION at my house in spring when the weather is good for working bees.

**This class will be especially helpful for those who have lost their bees and want to try again.**

**Package bee and nuc suppliers are requesting that customers take a beginning beekeeping course.**

The cost will be $130, Venmo, check (email me so I know it's coming) or cash. Please let me know which date(s) you plan to attend. Class size will be limited to 10 this year (50%), and we'll split into smaller groups for the hands-on session once the weather permits.

Classes will be held at my house, 2430 Corey Dr, Longmont, CO 80501 To register, just email me.

The book we'll use is The Beekeeper's Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile 5th ed. Harlequin's Gardens in Boulder and To Bee or not to Bee in Littleton have it in stock. I'll have some on hand if you want to buy it at the class. It's a great book to have in any case.

Feel free to email, text, or call if you have questions. I'm looking forward to

meeting and getting to know all of you this spring!