Beginning Beekeeper Classes 2019

6:30-9:00 pm

COST: $25 per household
Includes a 1 year membership to our club & 1 copy of the book "Beekeeping Basics".


The course will be held on the following dates in 2019, it is important to note that each class will cover different topics, thus it is strongly recommenced you attend each of these dates:

- Wednesday January 16th

- Wednesday January 30th

- Wednesday February 13th

- Tuesday February 26th

- Tuesday March 12th

- Wednesday March 27th

All classes are held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY, and will start as close to 6:30 pm as possible and runs to 8:30 pm or later.

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Members from our club will be the lead teachers for the course with others doing some of the specialized presentations. The following is the general outline that will be followed:

Here is the class agenda for each night and is subject to change, we may move things around depending on weather and speaker availability.

Class #1 Introduction, Queen Bee and Nomenclature (January 16, 2019)

· Nomenclature and terms used in Beekeeping
· The Life of a Queen Bee
· Equipment: Woodenware; Frames; Foundation; Smoker
· Protective Clothing
· Nucs
· Mentors

Class#2 Equipment and Life Cycle of the Honeybee Worker (January 30, 2019)

· Life Cycle of the Honeybee Worker
· How to assemble/paint Equipment
· Potential Ordering of equipment
· Questions and Answers

Class#3 Setting up an Apiary (February 13, 2019)

· Placement considerations for Urban and Rural locations
· What Bees need
· Potential Ordering of equipment
· Questions/Answers on assembling equipment

Class#4 Pests and Diseases of Honey Bees (February 26, 2019)

· Diseases and Treatments
· Pests and prevention
· Products of the hive

Class#5 Safety, Extractions, Swarms (March 12, 2019)

· How not to get stung & what to do if you get stung
· Allergy and Anaphylactic shock
· Free Bees
· How to pack and light a smoker

Class#6 Review, Q&A  (March 27, 2019)

· Questions and Mentor introduction
· Graduation