An old beekeeper in the Kamloops area who mentored many beekeepers in his time used to say. ‘Want to keep bees? Take a course, and join a club’ Well here you go!
The Beeginners Bee Course will be offered this Spring on our farm in the Shuswap. It will be an intense weekend; Saturday will be a full day going over equipment, placement, bee biology, basic management. As well as swarming, diseases, and pests. Sunday will consist of summer management, honey removal wintering hives, and a couple hours with a guest speaker to talk about TBH’s (Top Bar Hives). Sunday will finish with a trip to a commercial bee-yard (apiary). I have taught this course and aided others in teaching it for several years. It will be a lot of information, but all who take it will leave with a comprehensive manual which can be used as a reference for many years into their adventure. I always implore people to connect with other beekeepers and local clubs!…See you there!
Some people may have noticed that I mentioned TBH’s in Saturday’s agenda. Over the last few years I have responded to many questions regarding TBH’s. This is something that I am excited to be able to include. There is a module of this course that will talk specifically about ‘TBH’s’. To my knowledge this is the first course held in the province to include TBH’s. The bees are the same, but the equipment used is different. Eliese Watson will be going over TBH’s and will be present throughout the course, below is a bit of her bio. I am sure this will be a hit!
date: April 21st and 22nd place: Sweetacre Apiaries price: $225 ea. + HST
To Register go to www.sweetacreapiaries.ca
Lunch provided on Saturday and Sunday, tea and coffee will be present. This course will be capped at 20 participants, so don’t procrastinate!