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Bee School Schedule 2015

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 8th Introduction to Beekeeping
Thu, Jan 22nd Registration, Equipment Workshop
(bring checkbook for equipment order)
Thu, Feb 5th  Occupants of the Hive and Their Life Cycles
Thu, Feb 19th Spring and Summer Hive Management
Thu, Mar 5th    Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Treatments
Thu, Mar 19th  Swarming and swarm prevention
All future sessions held in conjunction with regular monthly meetings
Tue, Apr 14th Building Nucs - Cape Bee Project
Sat, April 18th Anticipated arrival of Packaged Bees
(pick up locations and times to be announced)
Tue, May 12th   Plants for pollen and nectar
Tue, June 9th Q&A Hive Splitting — 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 $100 for the 3 lbs of honey bees with a mated queen and/or $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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