After a chaotic year in 2020, are you ready to slow things down a bit and get back to the basics. If so, perhaps beginning beekeeping is just what the doctor ordered – after all, a spoon full of honey helps the medicine go down! Lucky for you, USU Extension is hosting a virtual beginning beekeeping series starting February 2020 – called The Thriving Hive!
Thriving Hive: Beginning Beekeeping
This course is designed for first year beekeepers or those who would like to experience beekeeping before purchasing their first hives.
This class series is designed for first year beekeepers or those who would like to experience beekeeping before purchasing their first hives. The classes will include both VIRTUAL lecture and HANDS-ON management of the beehives at Wheeler Farm. This class focuses on the traditional 10 frame Langstroth hive.
Classes will be held on the first and third Tuesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm either online or at Wheeler Historic Farm. Exceptions to the schedule are the February orientation course and the bee installation class in April which is subject to change. All in-person meetings will follow COVID guidelines for health and safety.
Course instructors include USU faculty, UDAF employees, and local beekeeping experts.
Cost: $150 per person. $225 per couple. Materials and text included with registration fee.
- February 16 – Online Lecture: Beginning Beekeeping Overview
- February 20 – In-person Orientation at Wheeler Farm (SATURDAY)
- March 2 – Online Lecture: Hive Structure and Bee Biology
- March 16 – Hands on: In-person hive workday
- April 6 – Lecture: Installing your Bees/Feeding and Nutrition
- Mid April – Hands on: Install Bees at Wheeler Farm (*Date dependent on bee delivery and subject to change)
- May 4 – Online Lecture: Honey Bee Pests and Disease
- May 18 – Hands on: Mite check the hives at Wheeler Farm
- June 8 – Hands on: In-person hive workday
- June 22 – Hands on: In-person hive workday
- July 6- Hands on: In-person hive workday
- July 20 – Hands on: In-person hive workday
- August 3 – Hands on: In-person Honey Harvest at Wheeler Farm
- August 17 – Hands on: In-person Creating products with Honey and Wax/Selling your products
- September 7 – Online Lecture: Winterizing the Hive
- September 21 – Hands on: In-person Winterize the Hives at Wheeler Farm and Celebrate your first year as a beekeeper!
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