Saturday, April 25, 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping in Vancouver Class

One of the girls enjoying a Kale blossom
     Last year's Kale is in blossom and the bees are enjoying it.  The spring has provided good foraging weather and we are entering May which is the most productive month in the bee colonies for us.  While April has as many blossoms the warmer, dryer longer days of May gives more foraging time for the increased population of bees.  The blossoms that dominate our 4 acre garden in May are Raspberries and Black Locust trees.

Our bees love Raspberry blossoms
       May is also a time when we present our first "Introduction to Beekeeping" class of the year.  Beekeeping has become popular and a recent survey in the U.S. revealed that over 70% of beekeepers quit beekeeping within the first 5 years.  I believe this is because people enter into beekeeping too quickly and are not properly prepared for the dedication of time and continuous learning that is required to be a competent beekeeper.  Also, new beekeepers do not have the support needed to deal with problems that arise.  The goal of this class is not to discourage you or take the place of a full beekeeping course but to assist you and better prepare you in your decision to become a beekeeper.  We will provide you with a very basic overview of  honey bees and beekeeping and answer all of your questions.  The class is about 2 hours in length and as it is held outside is weather dependent.  We keep the class small so that everyone can have if they wish an intimate experience with the bees so reservation is necessary.  There is no cost and we provide the veil and gloves.  Our classes are held at Cottonwood Community Garden in Strathcona Park.  To reserve a spot in our "Introduction to Beekeeping Class", Saturday, May 16th contact us at strathconabeeat gmaildo tcom.  For more information on beekeeping courses check out our Vancouver Beekeeping Courses page.
     All of theory needed to be a beekeeper is available for free online.  A good start is "Beekeeping 101" which is an assortment of books, videos and a course from the University of California.  Our Beekeepers' Library is also a good source of information.  While theory is important the practical application and guidance of experienced beekeepers is more so.  We look forward to seeing you at our beekeeping class.


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