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Our short bee school is an introduction to beekeeping, honey and the amazing life bees live. Our 3-hour class gives students the general knowledge of how bees work and introduce students to the sweet world of honeybees.
We keep our classes small so that everyone has a great experience and there is plenty of time to ask questions.
This short class will give you an overview of how bees and beekeepers work and also provide the opportunity to open up a beehive and get up close with all the different types of bees you learn about earlier in the class.
Our short class is not designed to get you ready for your very first hive but to give you a fun and interesting look at how bees interact with our environment and how beekeepers work. Plus some extra fun inside a beehive that you won't experience anywhere else.
The short class is held at Red Mountain Makers where will meet in a classroom and then we will open our hives that are onsite.
You do not need any beekeeping experience to come to this class. We will provide any necessary protective gear for opening our hives.
Managing your colonies well is important for beekeepers and one of the best ways to manage a colony is by splitting it. At its most basic level, splitting a colony means turning one colony into two.
During our class you will learn about how splitting a colony works and you will be able to come into our bee yard where will open our hives and demonstrate how to make a split.
This is a very common practice for beekeepers and also for bees. When beekeepers do this, it is called splitting. When bees do this, it is called swarming. When a colony of bees swarms, it can be heartbreaking for the beekeeper as they will often lose the swarm.
Splitting the hive before the swarm is a great way to make the most of a strong colony of bees and is not very hard to do. In our 2 hour class, you will learn about the common ways to split a colony and which way could work best for you.
After finishing this class, you'll understand why you may want to split your colony and what you'll need to do this succesfully. Splitting colonies is a great way to keep your apiary healthy and is also a great way help your hobby turn a profit. Selling nucleus hives made from. split is a great way to top off the honey money jar.
This class is designed for beekeepers who are interested in taking the next step in their colony. Our class is will be at Foxhound Bee Company in a classroom and also our bee yard. Please bring your protective gear with you.
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If you are looking to learn about bees and are excited to start backyard beekeeping, this is the class for you. We concentrate a series of classes into a full-day class to make the most of your time and give you an in-depth look at becoming a beekeeper. You can walk into this class, knowing nothing about honeybees, and walk out prepared and excited about your new adventure.
Your class will be taught by an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper so you know you are getting great information, taught in a way that isn’t intimidating. Regardless of your age, whether you are male or female, or your beekeeping goals, we do our best to teach a reasonable approach to beekeeping that works best for you.
The class is lecture-based and interactive, so you will get a chance to open a real hive, weather permitting. We do not open hives during periods of rain, impending poor weather, or when temperatures are below 60°. If we won’t be able to open a hive during class, several other opportunities for opening a hive will be scheduled.
During this class, you will get a workbook, beginner beekeeper book, catered lunch, an opportunity to open one of our on-site colonies, and the confidence to start your own hive. We will provide the protective gear necessary to be safe while opening a hive. If you have your own beekeeping suit, gloves or jacket, please bring it with you if you would like to use it.
If you have any questions about our class, please reach out to us.
Taking care of bees would be a lot easier if we didn't have any beekeeping pests to worry about. Wax moths, varroa mites, and beetles oh my! Some of these pests are worse than others but it's important to know about all of them.
This is an interactive 2 hour class where we will talk about these pests and share the tips and tricks to deal with them. During these classes, you will be able to venture out to our on-site hives and open them up. Fortunately (and unfortunately), we will look through our active colonies and identify small hive beetles and varroa mites and talk through the steps for dealing with them.
You will leave being able to identify the signs of the common pests in a beehive and be equipped with how to deal with them. You'll be able to see how a mite wash works and how to test for varroa mites in your own hive.
We will provide the protective gear you need for the class, but if you have your own gear, please bring it.
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