The 2018 beekeeping class is now sold out.
Even if you have been keeping bees for years, a class could give you new ideas and a refreshing feeling of enthusiasm, so you may want to try it out! Topics covered in the Beginner class series are skills everyone uses every year. Classes will be taught by Mike Coppola, Chris Cripps, Anne Frey, and Aaron Morris.
Class Dates: 6-8:45 pm 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18. Plus a daytime (Saturday) bee yard class TBA.
Topics include choosing equipment and ways to get bees, basic bee life cycle, locating a place for your hives, working your bees comfortably, use of a smoker and hive tool, feeding, getting comb drawn well, supering, swarming, fall management, winter prep, hive products, basic disease and pest ID & management. This series is for people who range from just starting out to those who have had bees for years but are not confident with the bees, or who may be on a treadmill of annual hive death.
Time and Location: Night classes will be held from 6-8:45pm in half of the auditorium at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, at 50 West High St, Ballston Spa, 12020 (518-885-8995). A final, additional 2 hour long daytime class (on a Saturday) will be held in a nearby bee yard in the spring, date, time and location to be announced.
There are two required textbooks. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, either through the Amazon links below or from any other source.
SABA Youth Award applicants get beginner classes for free. Only winners are automatically registered, though.