Beekeeping Education Program -- 2019 Season

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Beekeeping Education Program -- 2019 Season


Brooklyn Grange’s Beekeeping Education Program inspires new urban beekeepers by teaching responsible beekeeping practices in an urban setting. This season-long education program guides you through the fascinating world of honeybees and provides practical, hands-on beekeeping experience.


Brooklyn Grange Beekeepers Danielle Knott and Geraldine Simonis, as well as Guest Beekeepers throughout the season.

Details and Pricing

Duration: 15 three hour sessions from March to October (8 months)

Time: Sundays, 11am - 2pm during Spring and Fall, 9am - 12pm during Summer

Instruction is primarily outdoors, with an hour of indoor instruction per session

Pricing: $980 for the season


A recommended reading list will be sent before classes begin.

Schedule and Topics

Dates are subject to change due to colony arrival and weather

1 - Sunday, March 17th - Introduction

What to expect? Overview of the history and state of urban beekeeping, walking through beekeeper's equipment, calendar, and best practices.  

2 - Sunday, March 31 - Spring preparations

Hive building and apiary assessment in preparation of colony arrival. Brief overview of diseases and how to support surviving colonies into the spring.

3 - Sunday, April 14th - Bee package arrival and installation

Bee biology, colony development, package installation (subject to arrival of bees).  

4 - Sunday, April 28th - First hive inspection

First inspection of the season! What to look for during an inspection. Learning how to make supplemental feeding.

5 - Sunday, May 5th - Colony build up and swarm prevention

Why do bees swarm? Swarm control methods, splitting colonies, when to requeen a colony. Diving into the importance of genetics, and how to spot the queen.

6 - Sunday, May 19th - Disease and Pests

Integrated Pest Management. History of varroa mites, overview of testing methods.

7 - Sunday, June 2nd - Understanding honey

Diseases and Pests continued. First nectar flow and what this means to bees. What is honey? What is nectar? What is pollen?

8 - Sunday, June 23rd - Treatment options

Beekeeping safety, overview of different types of treatment for diseases and pests affecting honey bee health.

9 - Sunday, July 14th - Supporting your bees during the summer

How to prevent robbing. Summer inspection basics and guidelines.

July 15th - 19th - Eastern Apiculture Society conference - South Carolina

10 - Sunday, August 4th - Peak colony development  

Winter preparations. How to support colonies during the peak population cycle.

11 - Sunday, August 25th - Honey Harvest

Determining colony health, how to estimate honey stores and when to harvest. If applicable, honey harvest methods.

12 - Sunday, September 8th - Fall expectations

Fall feeding methods, how to curb robbing and support honey bees into the Fall.

Saturday, September 14th - Honey Fest - Rockaway Beach

13 - Sunday, September 22nd - End of season assessment   

Last full inspection, identifying next steps for colony health into the winter (treatment for diseases, feeding methods).

14 - Sunday, October 6th - Winter preparations

Preparing beehives for winter, exploring winterization techniques. Winter feeding methods.  

15 - Sunday, October 27th - Graduation

Lessons of the season, honey tasting, overview of beekeeping community resources.

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