Join us (20 people max) for a day of learning how to use the Doolittle Method of graft queens; taking young larvae and moving them to artificial queen cells for production with a small tool. This 1-day workshop is a hands-on opportunity to learn the simple steps it takes to rear queens from the colonies you love, strategically plan your queen rearing process, prepare and make a graft, and then prepare and make mating nucs for your newly developing queens. This is a fun, hands-on day full of beekeeping experiences, taking your learning to the next level!
DATE: June 22, 2024
TIME: 9am – 5pm
LOCATION: Highfield Regenerative Farm, Calgary
1920 Highfield Cres, SE. Calgary, AB
DETAILS: Bring your own protective equipment, lunch and water. Pack a lunch, and prepare for a post-field day drink at Village Brewery. Your ticket includes a drink at Village Brewery that you enjoy while we do in the-class portion of the content or at the end of the course, at the social.
At our Beekeeping Field Day, Eliese will guide you through the logistics of preparing a colony for queen production, including queenless cell starters, queenright finishing colonies, so you can ensure that the grafts that you are going to make will be accepted and successful. We will also be learning about mating nucs, ensuring they’re strong with room to grow.
You’ll learn about the Dootlittle Method of grafting, using Chinese grafting tools. You will have an opportunity to graft your own cell bar, become familiar on the correct age and cell size of brood to graft. You will help pull mating nucs from queenright colonies, assessing size, proper splitting techniques, and maintenance.
Join us for this exhilarating day of hands-on learning, where you’ll gain practical skills and knowledge to rear your own queens in an active and controlled way. This Beekeeping Field Day a must-attend event for beekeepers of all levels.