Beekeeping

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Learning about bees series:  Hands-on Approach to Exploring Life of the American Honey Bee.

An interactive learning opportunity for all ages, enjoy spending time with your family and the great outdoors, perfect activity for a “Family Date Day”, discovering a new hobby, or just learning more about our wonderful pollinators, the Honey Bees!  Active participation is encouraged, observation is welcomed too!  (Bee suits will be provided when we are working directly with bees)  

Series 2: Welcoming Committee:  Installing a package of bees.

Let the excitement begin!  We will move a package of bees into their new home, starting with an up-close introduction to the queen bee and her sister bees.  Learn how to light and use the a smoker.  We will finish the class by making Bee Juice and pollen patties to feed the bees.  Did you know that bees can travel 2 miles for resources, so you might as well come and greet your new neighbors!

Sunday, April 29nd 1:00-3:00pm

$20 per person

Series 3:  The working hive:  Inspecting the hive.

Things are really exciting by Series 3.  The bees have been at work for months and will have a lot to show for that.  We will suit up in our bee suits, light the smoker and go make a house (or rather colony) visit.  Over 10,000 bees will be actively working within the colony, you’ll understand why we say “busy as a bee” after you witness a hive inspection.  We will look for our queen, identify stages of brood (baby bees) and assess bee colony health. 

2 Classes: Sunday, June 24th 1:00-3:00pm or Sunday, July 15th 1:00-3:00pm

$20 per person

Series 4:  A golden bar:  Harvesting honey from the hive.

Also referred to as pulling honey, makes this series the sweetest class you’ve ever experienced!  We’ll suit up in our bee suits, light the smoker to calm the bees while we harvest their excess stores of capped honey, which resembles bars of gold.  We will uncap the honey and using an extractor, we will then spin the honey out of the frames and into honey jars!  Bring your sweet tooth!

2 Classes:  Sunday, July 29th 1:00-4:00pm or August 12th 1:00-4:00pm

$25 per person

 Series 5:  Preparing for a Minnesota winter:  Mite treatment and securing the hive.

Learn about the nemesis of our American Honey Bee, the varroa mite. We will investigate overall colony health through direct observation, conducting varroa mite counts and offering treatment as needed and recommended through organic modalities.  Class will conclude with winterizing strategies which help the colonies to thrive during our long Northern Winters. 

2 Classes: Sunday, September 23rd 1:00-3:00pm or Sunday, October 7th 1:00-3:00pm

$20 per person

 

Classes are onsite at BeeLoved Acres 55743 299th Ave, Millville, MN 55957