Education & Workshops

 

We run THE BEE SCHOOL at Salem State University. All of our classes are "hands on" and are held at specific times of the beekeeping year so students can immediately apply what they have learned

  • Interested in Keeping Honey Bees?
  • Are you a beekeeper wanting to increase you hive management skills?
  • Are you interested in how to maintain a sustainable apiary reducing expensive hive failure and queen costs?

If any of the above are of interest, the Bee School at Salem State University offers the necessary hands-in education to become a more successful and sustainable beekeeper. The Bee School offers three main courses on all aspects of beekeeping with specialized courses offered as well. These courses are offered throughout the year at times when they will be most beneficial to novice and expert beekeeper alike.

The Bee School, through its diverse and timely education programs is a resource center for the region's beekeepers, no matter their level of expertise. Sustainable beekeeping at Salem State University is a three-course sequence that can be taken in any combination at $50 per course.

WE HOLD THESE COURSES ANNUALLY ~ FOR FUTURE COURSE OFFERINGS PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR EVENTS PAGE OR SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER


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ur intro class

Bee School Course 1:
Sustainable Beekeeping

All necessary equipment, management, and hive manipulations to install and maintain a bee hive from late spring through mid-summer.

Course recommended for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. The last class will be held at Black Birch Farm Apiairies, West Newbury, MA. 

Feb 15 to Mar 17, 2018
Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00pm

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THIS CLASS WAS SOLD OUT.
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the next step after our intro class

Bee School Course 2;
The Sustainable Apiary

Course details summer management practices for the hive. Topics include swarming, identification and interdiction of honey bee predators and diseases. This is a hands-on course as we meet at Black Birch Farm Apiaries for the last two class meetings opening and inspecting hives.

Students must have bee-veils to participate and attend at their own risk. Last two class meetings are held at Black Birch Farm Apiaries, West Newbury, MA.

May 31 to June 16, 2018
Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00pm

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beekeeping is a year round UNDERTAKING

Bee School Course 3:
The Key to Sustainable Beekeeping - Fall & Winter Hive Management

Necessary fall hive inspections and evaluation, feeding, re-queening, preparing the hive for winter, winter feeding. Also included; how to extract and process honey and bees wax.

This is a hands-on course as we meet at Black Birch Farm Apiaries, West Newbury, MA for the last two class meetings opening and inspecting hives. Students attend at their own risk. 

August 23 to Sept. 8, 2018
Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm

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AN OLD WAY TO KEEP YOUR NEW HIVE SUSTAINABLE

Bee School Course 4:
Making splits, NUCS, & Raising Queens Using Non-Grafting Techniques

This mini-course teaches beekeepers two skill sets necessary in maintaining a sustainable apiary.

Skill Set 1: Making Increases Through Splits
In this presentation beekeepers are taught how to increase the number of hives by splitting their existing hives into NUCS which can be later increased into a standard hive. Both walk away and queen introduced splits are discussed. Topics include necessary equipment, timing, split development, and NUC management.

SKILL Set 2: Queen Rearing Using Non Grafting Techniques
In this presentation beekeeper are taught how to raise queen honey bees employing non grafting techniques. All aspects of raising vibrant honey queens are examined including necessary equipment, timing, drone development, mating NUCS, queen banking, and queen introduction.

TO REGISTER:
Please check back soon for future offerings of our Intro class.

 

 
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