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The Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Century College (Wednesdays)

January 15, 2020, 6:00 pm - February 12, 2020, 9:00 pm
3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake,MN55110
$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).

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Backyard Agriculture: Beekeeping Basics, 1 of 3 (Thursday night)

January 16, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lebanon Hills · 860 Cliff Road
Eagan,MN55123
$40

Discover everything you need to know to start your own apiary and take care of your bees year-round with JoAnne Sabin of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Honey Bee Club of Stillwater. Learn honeybee biology and behavior, equipment and desired apiary location characteristics, hive management for year 1 and year 2, (including package or nuc installation, feeding, colony inspections, swarm prevention, disease, pests, mite management, reversals, splits, winter prep, and spring care of survivor colonies), and how to harvest honey.

This is a 9-hour course, consisting of three consecutive Thursday night sessions. Each class is held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The price includes all three sessions.

Activity number 211301-01   The registration website will become active closer to the class date.

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Backyard Agriculture: Beekeeping Basics, 2 of 3 (Thursday night)

January 23, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lebanon Hills · 860 Cliff Road
Eagan,MN55123
$40

Discover everything you need to know to start your own apiary and take care of your bees year-round with JoAnne Sabin of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Honey Bee Club of Stillwater. Learn honeybee biology and behavior, equipment and desired apiary location characteristics, hive management for year 1 and year 2, (including package or nuc installation, feeding, colony inspections, swarm prevention, disease, pests, mite management, reversals, splits, winter prep, and spring care of survivor colonies), and how to harvest honey.

This is a 9-hour course, consisting of three consecutive Thursday night sessions. Each class is held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The price includes all three sessions.

Activity number 211301-01   The registration website will become active closer to the class date.

 

 

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Backyard Agriculture: Beekeeping Basics, 3 of 3 (Thursday night)

January 30, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lebanon Hills · 860 Cliff Road
Eagan,MN55123
$40

Discover everything you need to know to start your own apiary and take care of your bees year-round with JoAnne Sabin of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Honey Bee Club of Stillwater. Learn honeybee biology and behavior, equipment and desired apiary location characteristics, hive management for year 1 and year 2, (including package or nuc installation, feeding, colony inspections, swarm prevention, disease, pests, mite management, reversals, splits, winter prep, and spring care of survivor colonies), and how to harvest honey.

This is a 9-hour course, consisting of three consecutive Thursday night sessions. Each class is held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The price includes all three sessions.

Activity number 211301-01   The registration website will become active closer to the class date.

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Is Beekeeping For You?

February 6, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
975 Snelling Avenue South
St. Paul,MN55116
$23

Why are bees so important? Why do bees need our help? What does it take to become a beekeeper? Get answers to these and other bee questions and find out if becoming a beekeeper is right for you.

Instructor: JoAnne Sabin.

Location: 975 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116 Event #3196WEA

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The Art of Beekeeping (In Northern Climates) North Branch

February 8, 2020, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
38175 Grand Avenue
North Branch,MN55056United States
$44

Get started in the fascinating world of beekeeping. This workshop will address everything you need to practice the "Art of Beekeeping" including basic bee biology, equipment, setting up your apiary, managing your honeybees throughout the year (including preventing and recognizing and dealing with issues), extracting honey, wintering hives, and caring for 2nd-year surviving colonies. The instructor is an experienced beekeeper and will demonstrate equipment. Bring a bag lunch to class.

Instructor Bio JoAnne Sabin has been a beekeeper since 2005 and is passionate about keeping bees. She has been teaching gardening and honeybee related topics since 2004, including presentations at garden expos, garden clubs, beekeeping groups, schools and both the Dakota County and the State Fair.

Note: URL is not yet active.  When it becomes active, if you don't see the beekeeping class, search on the word beekeeping

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The Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates (Beekeeping Basics, St. Paul) Thursdays

February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm - February 27, 2020, 9:00 pm
975 Snelling Avenue South
St. Paul,MN55116
$49

Whether you wish to create a sustainable future in beekeeping or simply prefer it as a hobby, this three session workshop will address everything you need to practice the art of beekeeping including:

  • Honey bee behavior and biology
  • Getting started, including: equipment, apiary site characteristics, and installing a bee package or nucleus colony
  • Managing honeybees throughout the year: spring, summer and fall including inspections (what is normal, identifying problems and intervening)
  • Extracting honey
  • Preparing your hives for winter
  • Managing 2nd year (survivor) colonies.

This is a 9-hour course, consisting of three consecutive Thursday night sessions. Each class is held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Instructor: JoAnne Sabin has been a beekeeper since 2005 and is a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and the Honey Bee Club of Stillwater.

Location: 975 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116

URL is not yet available.  Event# 3197WEA

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