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Bee Basics Series - Part 2

Discover the Buzzing World of Beekeeping with Eliese Watson - Part 2 of 3 in Summer 2024!

Beekeeping Basics Workshop: Supering and Splitting Hives

with Eliese Watson

Join us for an immersive beekeeping workshop where we delve into the fundamental techniques of supering and splitting hives. Whether you're a novice beekeeper or looking to enhance your existing skills, this workshop provides a hands-on learning experience that will empower you to effectively manage your bee colonies.


Date: June 2024 (exact date TBD)

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Cost: $195

Located at Early Dawn Farm

Registration: Spaces are limited, and it is first come first served. To secure your spot, complete your registration by sending the payment via e-transfer to dawn@earlydawn.farm.


THIS WORKSHOP IS NON-REFUNDABLE

Workshop Highlights:

  1. Introduction to Supering:

    • Understand the importance of adding supers to your hive.

    • Learn about different types of supers and when to use them.

    • Hands-on demonstration of super placement and management.

  2. Splitting Hives:

    • Grasp the significance of hive splitting for colony management.

    • A step-by-step guide to hive splitting techniques.

    • Recognize signs that indicate a hive is ready for splitting.

  3. Queen Rearing Essentials:

    • Learn the basics of queen rearing and its role in hive splitting.

    • Discover methods for queen cell production and grafting.

    • Discuss the impact of queen genetics on hive productivity.

  4. Troubleshooting and Best Practices:

    • Identify common challenges in supering and hive splitting.

    • Explore strategies for preventing and managing hive issues.

    • Q&A session for addressing specific concerns and queries.

  5. Interactive Demonstrations:

    • Hands-on activities for supering and splitting hives.

    • Participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques under guidance.

    • Gain confidence in hive management through practical experience.

  6. Networking and Community Building:

    • Connect with fellow bee enthusiasts and share experiences.

    • Exchange tips, tricks, and success stories with a community of like-minded individuals.

    • Build a support network for ongoing learning and collaboration.
       

​What to Bring:

  • Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a love for nature!

  • Bee suits will be supplied or bring your own

  • Notebook and pen for taking notes

  • Bring a lunch and a water bottle

  • We will have both classroom and outdoor time

  • Please wear a ball cap, long pants, and closed-toed shoes


By the end of this workshop, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to confidently super and split hives, promoting the health and productivity of your bee colonies. Join us in fostering a sustainable and thriving beekeeping community!


Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their beekeeping attire, as there will be hands-on activities involving live bees. Protective gear will be available for those who need it. Please wear a ball cap, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.

Learn more about your Instructor: Eliese Watson

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Introducing Eliese Watson, the dedicated beekeeping expert with a decade of experience as the owner and operator of ABC Bees. Her expertise encompasses:

  • Leading the way in beginner beekeeping education through her accredited Level One Beekeeping Certification Course.

  • Providing valuable mentorship for sustainable apiary management, guiding beekeepers through seasonal plans.

  • Empowering beekeepers to rear their own queen stocks, reducing reliance on costly imports.

  • Bridging the gap between cutting-edge apiculture innovations and beekeepers through engaging webinars and online courses.
     

Eliese embodies the spirit of possibility for beekeepers, having managed colonies on a tight budget, tested techniques, and learned from mistakes to offer detailed guidance. She combines step-by-step strategies, straightforward formulas, and a welcoming approach to mentor new beekeepers, fostering a sense of belonging in the world of beekeeping.

Join Eliese on this journey of wonder and discovery in beekeeping!

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