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Bee School Schedule 2014

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 2nd     Introduction to Beekeeping
Thu, Jan 16th Registration, Equipment Workshop
(bring checkbook for equipment order)
Thu, Feb 6th  Occupants of the Hive and Their Life Cycles
Thu, Feb 20th Spring and Summer Hive Management
Thu, Mar 6th    Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Treatments
Thu, Mar 20th  Swarming and swarm prevention
All future sessions held in conjunction with regular monthly meetings
Tue, Apr 8th Swarm prevention and swarm retrieval
SAT, April 19th Anticipated arrival of Packaged Bees
(pick up locations and times to be announced)
Tue, May 14th   Pollinating Plants
SAT, May 17th Pollinator Plant Sale — Club Fundraiser
Tue, June 10th Q&A Hive Splitting — Honey Harvesting and preparation
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 $350 for the complete hive suitable for here on Cape Cod. This figure also includes necessary tools, smoker and protective equipment.

The association makes a bulk purchase of packaged bees (3 pounds) and nucleus colonies which usually arrive in early 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 $95 for the 3 lbs of honey bees with a mated queen and/or $110/$150 for a 5 frame nucleus colony also with a laying queen.

It is hoped that all attendees will enjoy the experience of working with this incredibly fascinating insect.

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