March 16, 2019 - Workshop: Intermediate Backyard Beekeeping & Inspection Practice

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March 16, 2019 - Workshop: Intermediate Backyard Beekeeping & Inspection Practice

65.00

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9am - 3pm

Intermediate Backyard Beekeeping and Inspection Practice

Did you take our first course Intro to Backyard Beekeeping? Have you taken a few classes, maybe started your hive and want to know more? Purchased a package or nuc, caught your first swarm and wondering now what? Then join us for this intermediate workshop focused on urban, backyard beekeeping.

The class is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in some intermediate level skills. There's no prerequisite knowledge required but it will be more advanced than our beginner level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then open hive inspection practice with practical, hands on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping. 

This class will focus on urban beekeeping practices, including integrated pest management strategies in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this interactive class will still have a lot to offer you. Topics covered will include: 

Advanced bee biology

General maintenance and hive inspection best practices

Processes and life cycles within the colony

Diseases, pests and treatments

Troubleshooting and tips for backyard beekeeping success in each season

How to catch and keep a swarm

When and how to split your hive

Integrated Pest Management strategies

Varroa mite life cycle, testing and control

Preparing hives for winter

Location: The Barn at The Cannery in Davis. 

Address: 1550 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA 95616 - drive to end of road until you see the barn.

Please wear beekeeping appropriate clothing (closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves if desired, no perfumes or heavy scents, etc.). We will have some protective beekeeping suits and gloves to share but please bring your own if you have it. You will not need any hive tools or smokers.

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