This year of 2013 Apprenticeship programming was a huge success! Check out the program here! We are running two groups of 6 this year, with the courses running on Wednesdays and Thursdays with collaborative Saturday field days! Learn about honey production, queen rearing techniques by raising your own queens in incubator colonies and mating nucs, receive your own 2 colonies with all of the equipment PLUS working with your own A.B.C hive on the Saturday field days!
Here Is What To Expect:
– 22 sessions: 17x2hour workshops (Wednesday OR Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30)
7x4hour Saturday workshops (10-3pm),
Workshops occur 3 weeks on, 1 week off throughout the season with SUMMER SESSION VACATION from July 20- August 8th
– A maximum of 6 Apprentices will be taken, so learning groups will be small and outcomes GREAT!
Curriculum Outcomes and Schedule:
March 5/6th, 12/13th, 19/20th: Understanding the Bee and the Beehive (classroom)
March 27th: NO WORKSHOPS
April 3/4th, 7/8th, 14/15th: Nectar, Spring Feeding, Spring Management, Signs of Disease (classroom)
April 22nd: NO WORKSHOPS
May 3rd: SATURDAY FIELD DAY: Initial Spring Inspections of A.B.C Hives, selecting bees for mating yard
May 7/8th, 14/15th: Moving Bees, Making Splits and Queen Rearing Methods (classroom)
May 26th: No workshops
May 31st: SATURDAY FIELD DAY: Queen Rearing Practice, mating nuc preparation
June 4/5th: NIGHT FIELDWORK: Queen cells ripened and moved in to mating nucs
June 13/14th: SATURDAY FIELD DAY Understanding mated queen quality, consolidating colonies, mating yard health.
June 18/19th: NIGHT FIELDWORK: Check to see if round 2 queens are mated. Cage mated queens and consolidates colonies.
June 25th: NO WORKSHOPS
July 2/3rd, 9/10th: Hive health, nectar flow preparation, swarm suppression, pollen traps (classroom)
July 19th: SATURDAY FIELD DAY: Inspections of colonies, document development, install pollen trap
July 20th-Aug 8th: NO WORKSHOPS- VACATION PERIOD
Aug 9th: SATURDAY FIELD DAY- Inspections for honey surplus, hive health, queen vitality
Aug 13/14th: Honey harvesting safety, pollen drying, packaging rules and regulations (classroom)
Aug 18/19th: Understanding Disease: Varroa and Nosema, winter feeding, winter wrap options (classroom)
Aug 27th: NO WORKSHOPS
Sept 3/4rd: NIGHT FIELDWORK: Looking at varroa drop and decision making,
Sept 13th: SATURDAY FIELDWORK: Commercial Apiary visit and honey harvest
Sept 20th: SATURDAY FIELDWORK: Winterization and wrapping
Sept 28th: SATURDAY FIELD DAY: FAMILY FRIENDLY WRAP UP PARTY!