The Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates

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Name: The Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Event Description:
 
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.
Our beekeeping class will help you get started in the fascinating world of beekeeping and introduce you to the basic tools and knowledge needed to keep honeybees responsibly and productively. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or about to start your own backyard or neighborhood hive, this class will walk you through the basic knowledge needed to start and maintain hives. 
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
* Different types of safe 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
* Hive products including how to extract and care for honey
* how to prepare your honeybee colonies for winter
* how to manage surviving colonies the following year
* what resources are available for beekeepers and how to connect with other beekeepers
Location:
Century College East Campus
Room 2313
Date/Time Information:
Thursday 6-9pm (2/8/18 - 3/8/18)
Contact Information:
Sharon Mason
Fees/Admission:
$149 for the series
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