Introduction to Beekeeping (7 Monday afternoons)

Mon Apr 10 to Fri Nov 3, 2017, Vaughan/Kortright, ON

Cost: $300 + HST

This seven part course provides information and hands on opportunities for the beginner beekeeper. Led by experienced apiarists, this course walks participants through the active bee season from April to November. Participants will learn how to build hive equipment, perform status checks of active hives, assess the health of the Queen, control for pests and diseases, harvest honey, and prepare hives for winter. Each session contains both in class learning and hands on experience in the bee yard with experts. Veils and jackets available on request.

Preparing for the Beekeeping Season
Monday April 10, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Study the basics of bee biology and learn which plants are most important for the health of your bees. Participate in a hands-on demonstration on how to build Langstroth Beehives.

Opening the Hive after Winter
Monday May 8, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Learn how to properly open your hive after a long winter, check the health of the Queen and what to look for when monitoring for diseases.

Spring Hive Check
Monday June 12, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Acquire the knowledge to identify the different castes of bees, bee larvae, and eggs. Learn how to avoid swarming and the appropriate time to add honey supers.

Summer Hive Check
Monday July 10, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
This class will focus on how to check the hives for various diseases and pests such as AFB, chalk brood, wax moths, and varroa mites. Learn how to apply treatments to the hives if such diseases or pests are found. Honey supers will be added to hives as needed.

Summer Harvest
Monday August 21, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
This class will introduce the concepts of nectar flow and summer harvesting techniques. We will continue monitoring activities of the hives for pests and diseases.

Honey Harvest
Monday September 11, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Learn about the process of extracting honey from honey comb. Participants will learn how to properly use a honey extractor and winter bee feeding strategies.

Putting the Bees to Bed
Monday November 3, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
This class will focus on the process of preparing the colonies for winter. Hive wrapping, merging, and common winter beekeeping challenges will be covered.

Register now as spaces are limited!
416-667-6295 ext. 602 cmacgillivray (at)


For more information:

Contact Name: Natalie Swaak
E-mail: nswaak (at)


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