Beginning Beekeeping - Your First Year - Held once a month on the Bee Farm the cost is $185.00 for the year long course and will cover the following topics:
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping. First look inside hive Building a Hive
Setting up Your Apiary, Hive Positioning and In-hive basic inspection
Healthy Bees and Integrated Pest Management. In-hive“reading a frame.”
In Hive Practice -You should demonstrate ability in the hive prior to ordering bees
Get your bees
Bee Yard work day
Varroa Mite Control
Re-Queening and Queen Biology
Learn the way we do it
Graft and Cell Production
Mated Queen Production
Bee flexible!! Remember, that 'bee hive' tours are weather dependent.
If it is raining, we do not open hives!
If it’s raining we will reschedule your tour.
We take every precaution to prevent stings however it can happen. Honey bees usually only sting to defend their hives, however, here are some basic considerations and rules of participation for your own safety:
Dress appropriately. Participants must wear pants and no open toed shoes (i.e. no shorts and flip flops). Bee suits are sting resistant, not sting proof, and they do not cover your feet.
No perfumes. We recommend that on the day of the tour that you do not use perfume or strongly-scented products.
No pets. We personally loves pets but they can get stung
Many of our visitors wish to learn more about bees, but do not have the time or space to start their own beehive. We have created this opportunity to be an exciting way for families, church / school groups, Scouts etc.to get an up close and personal look at life and work of the beekeeper and the honeybee.
Reservations must include ages and approx. suit sizes needed.
Must sign an agreement. Each participant must sign (or their parents or legal guardian) a hold-harmless agreement that will be available at the apiary on the day of the tour or if need be, we can email the form to you for prior signatures. This agreement ensures that you or the parent / legal guardian understands the inherent risk around a working bee hive and we will not be held liable for bee stings, allergic reactions or unsafe behavior by participants of your tour as well as our right to refuse a participant a tour if we deem they are acting in an unsafe manner at the apiary and near the beehives.