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Bee School Schedule 2020

Where: West Barnstable Community Building, Route 149, West Barnstable
When: All classes begin at 7:30 P.M. 7:00 P.M. Social

Date Topic
WEDS, January 15th Introduction to Beekeeping
WEDS, January 29th Equipment Workshop
(bring checkbook for equipment order)
WEDS, February 5th Occupants of the Hive and Their Life Cycles
WEDS, February 19th Spring and Summer Hive Management
WEDS, March 4th Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Treatments
WEDS, March 18th Open session - snow day
All future sessions held in conjunction with regular monthly meetings
Tue, Apr 14th TBA
Sat, April EOM Anticipated arrival of Packaged Bees
(pick up locations and times to be announced)
Tue, May 12th TBA
Tue, June 9th TBA
Saturdays Hive Openings (weather permitting)
Saturdays wide May through September

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.

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