The Melisseus Honeybee Research and Education Initiative is teaming up with the John Jay Homestead (New York State Parks) – in Katonah, NY and the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY to offer a beekeeping school.
The school consists of 13 workshops held during the 2013 growing season. Each workshop will consist of an hour of classroom lecture, followed by hands-on experience in a honey bee apiary working with live bees. Topics to be covered include safety, hive types and equipment, honey bee life cycle, reproduction, swarming, diseases, parasites, honey harvesting and preparations for overwintering.
Workshops are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Teatown Reservation and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at John Jay Homestead. The first workshop of the series is being held Wednesday, April 24 at the Teatown Lake Reservation beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at the John Jay Homestead at 10:00 a.m. Identical workshops are presented at both locations – participants may attend either. For a full schedule of the series see the website listed below.
The cost for the series is $160. Class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. Protective hooded bee jackets, hive tools, and smokers will be provided for each participant to use during the workshops.
If you already have honey bees but aren‛t quite sure what to do, or if you are considering raising honey bees and want to learn more, these workshops will be beneficial for developing beekeeping skills.