Want to learn how to keep honey bees and produce natural honey? Take a beginning beekeeping course. Learn the basics and start keeping bees this year! We offer a certified in-person beginning beekeeping course February 25-26, 2023 with an in-person field day to follow on in May when the bees are out.
Your instructors are certified by the BC Honey Producers Association. We offer an educationally standardized curriculum, backed by years of practical experience as commercial beekeepers and honey producers. As operators of a successful honey and bee livestock business, we are well qualified to teach and guide students through the important first steps of keeping bees. Whether you want to keep them just for fun or for profit, this course is a must that will set you correctly on the path.
The two days of classrooms will be followed with a hands-on field day at our apiaries, ensuring you have all the necessary guidance and practice to keep your bees healthy and productive.
You will learn about keeping bees, their biology, pests and production of honey; what equipment you need, how to recognize and solve problems, including swarming, and what plants and trees make for a good honey crop. In the field you’ll work directly with our bees and equipment, and learn how to extract, keep and even sell honey.
Course dates: February 25-26, and field day in May, 2023
Location: Honey Bee Zen Apiaries and Swan Valley Honey, 220 Placsko Rd, Creston, B.C.
Materials provided: 40-page course and reference binder to keep
Instructors: Amanda Goodman Lee and Jeff Lee
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