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Bee School Schedule 2016

When: All classes begin at 7:30 P.M. (First nd third Thursdays)
Where: West Barnstable Community Building, Route 149, West Barnstable

Date Topic
Thu, Jan 7th Introduction to Beekeeping
Thu, Jan 21nd Registration, Equipment Workshop
(bring checkbook for equipment order)
Thu, Feb 4th  Occupants of the Hive and Their Life Cycles
Thu, Feb 18th Spring and Summer Hive Management
Thu, Mar 3rd    Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Treatments
Thu, Mar 17th  Swarming and swarm prevention
All future sessions held in conjunction with regular monthly meetings
Tue, Apr 12th Rachael Bonoan of Tufts Univ – Researcher in Starks Lab
Sat, April 23th Anticipated arrival of Packaged Bees
(pick up locations and times to be announced)
Tue, May 10th   Q and A among membership
Tue, June 14th Honey Harvesting and preparation - Q&A Hive Splitting
TBA Hive Openings (weather permitting)
Saturdays around the Cape

Cancelation Policy: If Cape Cod Community College cancels evening classes due to adverse weather conditions, BCBA meetings and bee school are also cancelled.

Must Read: Contemplating your new hobby

As we walk attendees through the basics of managing a honey bee hive, it is imperative that “newbees” delve into other resources. The internet, of course, has a wealth of information, but one might consider checking out the CLAMS network. Beekeeping for Dummies, Natural Beekeeping  by Ross Conrad of Vermont and Practical Beekeeping by Michael Bush would be good reading this winter and are all available through the local library.

Veteran beekeepers will instruct the class with the purchasing and proper construction of the hive components. When budgeting for this new hobby, expect to pay approximately $375 for the complete hive suitable for here on Cape Cod. This figure also includes necessary tools,  a smoker and protective equipment.

The association makes a bulk purchase of packaged bees (3 pounds) which usually arrive mid to late April to establish each new hive. In addition to the above equipment expense, it is estimated that the cost to inhabit each hive will be approximately $110 for the 3 lbs of honey bees with a mated queen. Other sources of bees and nucleus colonies will be provided which you may pursue on your own.

The class will NOT include instruction on Top Bar, Warre or Flow hives. These all take a special management technique. Warre hives with no frames are illegal to keep bees in as they are not able to be inspected for diseases by our state apiary inspectors.
It is hoped that all attendees will enjoy the experience of working with this incredibly fascinating insect.

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