6:30-9:00PM. $20 fee per class or $15 each for the series.
$15 current local bee organization members, $10 limited income.
These Master Class Workshops:
- Provide the foundation to move your beekeeping practices comprehensively to the next level;
- Convey critical awareness about the obvious clues and timing for each seasonal next step;
- Share insight into the rhythmic patterns unique to San Francisco and the Bay Area.
- Will be especially meangingful to those who have had hives for several years but need to know what's next,
and will provide a full spectrum of valuable insight for new and recent beekeepers.
- These synergistic classes weave together core knowledge of hive management with a bird's eye view
of the entire year, and how timing is critical at each phase for overall hive success and prosperity.
January - (date/location to be announced)
OUT FROM BEHIND THE SUN
- Bay Area weather differences, strong overwintering, winter mite reduction techniques,
essential protein supplement FYI, early brood buildup, equipment finesse - what matters
and what's fluff, primary steps for annual bee success;
February - (date/location to be announced)
BUILDING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT - LIKE YOU MEAN IT
- Hive equipment options, what matters in hiveware, jigs for production speed building,
glue like forever, handy specialized optional configurations, ancient wisdom for the NOW;
March - (date/location to be announced)
DELIVERING SPRING's PROSPERITY BOOM
- Spring Expansion: colony start-up choices, making splits, drawing comb - choices and production methods,
simple queen rearing, swarm controls, hive stack management, IPM-drone trapping, timing and overall strategies
for reduced hive losses;
April - (date/location to be announced)
HANDLING THE POWERFUL REINS OF 'SPRING INTO SUMMER'
- Hive stack & comb manipulation, balancing hives, corrective action, honey flow & harvesting,
wax management, honey options - storage and bottling choices;
May - (date/location to be announced)
LATE SUMMER - ANTICIPATE DEARTH, RUN AROUND DEATH, AND WHISTLE PAST TROUBLE
- Mite monitoring schema, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, organic mite control methods.
Viruses, bacterial Disease impact, and parasite vectored diseases - FoulBrood & Nosema Ceranae,
tests for Hygienic Bee Behavior, Mite resistance, Phorid Fly Parasitism. Dearth impact, record keeping;
August - (date/location to be announced)
MAINTAINING HIVE HEALTH THROUGH THE ANNUAL CYCLE,
PLUS FOUNDATIONAL WORK FOR NEXT SPRING's SUCCESS
- Fall nectar flow patterns, seasonal population decline, protein feed health essentials,
preparation for Winter & hive shutdown, working hives through winter;
For further information - 415-722-7640 or http://citybees.com/classes.htm