2016 Spring Symposium

April 2nd – Bee improvement for All
Being self sufficient, making Nucs, evaluating your hives, nutrition,
Thinking more like a bee, Beecology, getting ready for winter, spring maintenance, breaking the brood cycle, expansion cycle. Running double nucs for honey production, horizontal stacking.

April 9th – Setting up an Apiary
Environmental choices, dowsing and using natures magnetic lines to locate hives, bear fencing, windbreaks, stacking, moving hives. We will build a new yard from scratch.

April 16th AM – Graft-less Queen Rearing
We will go through the three most practical methods and demonstrate the Hopkins and notching method on location, using the Cloake board, and the Wallace tri nuc cell builder.
April 16th PM – Nicot/Jenter Cup System
Cloake board queen rearing

April 23rd – Making Nucs, Requeening
Using queen cells for Nucs, requeening, virgins.

Please note these dates for field classes are dependent on weather and temperature. We are optimistic about this years winter ending a bit early. We may decide to move these into later weeks. Remember beekeeping is more like a dance, you have to follow the bees lead.

2016 Summer Symposium

June 18th – Taking stock, Combining hives, Requeening Post Solstice
Farewell to the expansion cycle, overwintering starts now, overwinter nuc strategy.
Mite treatments reviewed,