Jun
6
Sat
Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Jun
27
Sat
Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site* @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Jul
25
Sat
Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site* @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Aug
29
Sat
Class VII: Fall and Winter Care @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Oct
3
Sat
Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.