The Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Century College (Wednesdays)
January 15, 2020, 6:00 pm - February 12, 2020, 9:00 pm$149
Honeybees and native bees perform about 80% of all pollination. Much of the food on your table is available thanks to pollination, but bee populations are declining. There are many things we can do to help native bees survive but raising honey bees is also a rewarding activity that will invigorate your vegetables and fortify flowers and comes with a bonus of honey for the beekeeper. This class will walk you through the basic knowledge needed to start and maintain hives.
Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or about to start your own backyard or neighborhood hive, our beekeeping class will introduce you to the fascinating world of beekeeping and the basic tools and knowledge needed to keep honeybees responsibly and productively.
You will learn:
*The benefits of bees in our environment
* Basic honeybee biology and behavior
* How to select an apiary site and start a bee colony
* Which beekeeping equipment you absolutely need to keep honeybees in Minnesota
* Hive products, including how to extract and care for honey
* Colony management techniques used in Minnesota throughout the year, including:
- How to do regular colony inspections all spring, summer, and fall
- What to look for, how to prevent problems, and how to intervene when needed
- How to prepare your honeybee colonies for winter
- How to manage surviving colonies the following year
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin. This class meets Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm, for 5 weeks.
Register online (URL below and search for Beekeeping or register by phone: Call 651-779-3341 with the course name(s) and number(# 1TEC-0082 – 1).