Thursday, May 2, 2013

2013 Hands On Introductory Beekeeping Workshop Schedule




During the past several years, while teaching Introductory to Beekeeping classes,  it has become explicitly clear that classroom lectures, coupled with a single field trip to the bee yard does not adequately prepare a new beekeeper to cope with all he or she will encounter in an “Apiary”.

Therefore, we are offering “Hands on Introductory Bee Keeping Workshops” at May Farms LLC in Greenville, SC. Emphasis will be on providing experience for the new beekeeper while applying the test proven method of Hands On Is The Best Teacher. Weather conditions may cause revising Workshop dates, however currently the dates selected for the workshops are:

               June 2 & 16:  July 7 & 21:  August 4 & 18:  September 1 & 15:  
                                                     October 6 & 20

Minimum class size  -  5                             Maximum -  10

Each workshop will last from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The workshop will consist of two (2) days, three (3) hours each and will be priced at $75 total.
A bee veil, smoker, and hive tool will be required. The text, “The Hive and The Honey Bee” ISBN number 0915698099 is suggested, but not required. A
notebook will be provided and hand outs on each topic will be included.

The “Workshop” will consist of a short lecture followed by a visit to the adjacent bee yard on each subject matter. This Workshop is designed for the new beekeeper with little or no experience, or for that experienced beekeeper who would like a refresher course on bee yard management. Emphasis will be placed on proper analysis of various stages of brood.

NOTE: Alternative dates will be given for inclement weather.

 A tentative Workshop Outline is as follows: (This is subject to some revision)

I.              Brief History of Beekeeping
II.            Importance of Beekeeping
III.          Castes of Honey Bee and Function of Each
IV.          Bee Keeping Equipment
V.            Bee Activities and Behavior
VI.          Thorough Physical Examination of Hives in various stages of development
VII.        Diseases, Pests, and Treatments (Including Microscopic Examination)
VIII.      Seasonal Management
IX.           Hive increases
X.             Conclusion and Summary

If you have any questions, please let us hear from you. Please send your sign up request for the workshop and deposit made payable to May Farms, LLC to:

                    May Farms LLC, 100 Birnam Court, Greenville, SC 29615

The Bee Whisperer
Ralph C. (Buddy) May Jr.
100 Birnam Court
Greenville, SC 29615
Cell: 864-430-0318

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