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 $425 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 $130 for the 3 lbs of Italian 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. It is hoped that all attendees will enjoy the experience of working with this incredibly fascinating insect. Please be aware that there are a number of challenges when keeping bees these days and we will do all that is possible to assist in keeping your hive alive.