An Introduction to Beekeeping
Explore the life of honeybees, examine active hives, and learn the fundamentals of beekeeping!
From 10 am until 3 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018 $50
Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper but not sure where to start? We have the solution! Join us for an introductory beekeeping class designed for the complete beginner. In this workshop, students will discover what is involved in keeping bees without having to commit to a full beginner beekeeping class or buy expensive hive equipment.
Most beginner beekeeping classes last for several days and take place in the Winter or Spring before it is warm enough for bees to be active. In our half-day, low-cost class, you will experience what it is like to open active hives and “work with” bees.
Students will learn fundamental beekeeping concepts such as:
- Beekeeping terminology, tools, and equipment.
- Different types of hives and their various components.
- A beekeeper’s responsibilities throughout the seasons.
- How to properly maintain a hive.
- The amount of time and labor involved in keeping bees.
Our class is not meant to take the place of a beginner beekeeping class, though many of the basics will be covered. The main goal is to give students enough information to confidently answer the questions, “Is beekeeping for me?” and “How do I get started?”
No experience or special equipment necessary. We will provide beekeeping “veils” (a hat/head-net) while we’re working with bees. We recommend students wear (or bring):
- A long-sleeved shirt that is loose-fitting and made from a heavy/tightly woven fabric.
- Long pants that can tuck into your socks and/or shoes.
- A bag lunch.
Class size is limited – please RSVP by 9-11-18 to register: OakShadeTreeFarm@gmail.com
This presentation will be given at Oak Shade Farm in Rixeyville, Virginia.