To reserve your spot, call or order online & give payment! Our number is 828-484-9466. All offerings are held at Honey and the Hive, 23 Merrimon Ave, Weaverville, NC.
B E G I N N E R B E E K E E P I N G S E R I E S
$80 per person // $150 for two
This class will offer a whirlwind of information from hive placement to season-long management. In addition to the lecture portion, the fee for this class includes a 2 hour Hands-on in the Hive session (dates below) when the weather begins to warm in the spring. We will also offer multiple dates throughout May and/or June. The new beekeeper will find this invaluable in gaining comfort and confidence around a hive.
Cost: $80 per person, $150 for two
This is included with the Beginner Beekeeping Class, but can also be taken separately for $35.
Take this two-hour hands-on course to gain familiarity with hive inspections! This course proves invaluable for new beekeepers, or seasoned beekeepers who want to learn tips & tricks for successful inspections. Learn how to recognize pollen, nectar, and brood; how to minimize risk in hive inspections; and pests and diseases to keep an eye on.
Please keep in mind that these workshops cannot happen unless weather permits - we will be in touch in case of postponing!
Four Options in March 2019:
C R E A T I N G A S U S T A I N A B L E B E E Y A R D
With Leigh Knott
February 23rd, 1-3pm // $30 per person
Being able to raise your own bees is the critical key to a sustainable bee yard. It's a tough truth that an apiary cannot be sustainable until it can get off the commercial/package/replacement bee treadmill. This class is for intermediate beekeepers who are ready to take the leap into raising quality queens and bees for their own yard (and to share/sell with others) on a small scale. If you are willing to do the work you may never need to buy replacement bees again. It's more fun than you would ever guess, but it requires basic skills, practice and long-term dedication. If you think locally adapted-beekeeping is the way to go, and have worked bees at least a couple of years, this is the class for you. Class will touch on genetics, selection, basic (quality) queen rearing, overwintered-nuc systems, and using the equipment you may already have to do it.
Leigh Knott ("Digs") of Five Apple Farm started with bees in 2010 and keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in Yancey County. The apiary is Certified Naturally Grown and has produced honey and a few nucs to sell for the last nine years fully chemical-free, without buying replacement bees.
Q U E E N R E A R I N G
With Bryan Fisher
March 23rd, 11am-5pm // $65 per person
WNC master beekeeper Bryan Fisher will join us this March 23rd for a comprehensive course on queen rearing. He will cover cell building, using cloake boards, mating nucs, and grafting queens. Queen rearing is a versatile skill that all beekeepers* should learn, whether you have one hive in your backyard or make money off of an expansive apiary. Bryan is a third generation beekeeper and helped start the Born and Bred Breeding Program.
*Recommended for beekeepers who have at least a year of experience.
C y c l e s & S e a s o n s o f t h e B e e s a s a B e e k e e p e r ' s G u i d e
With Leigh Knott
March 30th, 1-2:30pm // $20 per person
Too often learning beekeeping can feel like a giant pile of disconnected facts and conflicting procedures. But the original text of beekeeping is right there in your hive. A deeper understanding of the natural/seasonal cycles of the bees can be the best decision-making guide for the beekeeper. So much confusion about "if-or-when-to-do-what" can be eliminated. Everything is easier going the direction the bees already want to go, but you need to know what direction that is. Beginner (and up) beekeepers are invited to explore active beekeeping based in natural patterns–to support your bees to thrive whether you have two hives or twenty.
Leigh Knott ("Digs") of Five Apple Farm started with bees in 2010. She keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in Yancey County with a focus on more disease-resistant, locally adapted bees. The Certified Naturally Grown apiary has produced honey and a few nucs to sell every summer for the last nine years, fully chemical-free, without buying replacement bees.
PAST CLASSES & CLASSES TO BE SCHEDULED :
S U G A R R O L L D E M O
FREE offering with Lewis Cauble, our State Bee Inspector
Varroa mites are no joke, y'all! Monitoring your hives for varroa and other pests and diseases is a huge part of beekeeping these days, as honeybee health continues to have new obstacles. Stay on top of your mite count with this simple test to check your infestation levels. Want to know more? Read on about the method and options for treatment at the Honeybee Health Coalition.
This offering is held at Honey and the Hive, 23 Merrimon Ave, Weaverville, NC.
D I Y M E A D M A K I N G C L A S S
There's nothing like harvesting your own honey, pickling your own vegetables, juicing your own apples. Take your homesteading skills to the next level and start homebrewing today! Participants will learn about supplies and recipes needed for any home- mead, cider, and wine making, and then dive into the magical history of mead itself. Everyone will take home a half gallon of their own bubbling mead made during the class and a mead making zine providing recipes, guides, and advice on troubleshooting made by the teachers themselves.
M A K I N G I N C R E A S E S ( N U C S & S P L I T S )
Want to become more self-sustaining in your apiary? Tired of buying bees year after year? Learn the alchemy of making new colonies from your strong ones to increase your numbers and/or cover your losses before they happen. We will also discuss utilizing natural swarm cells, re-queening, and wintering nucleus colonies. Sarah McKinney will be teaching this lecture and demonstration class for intermediate and advanced beekeepers (or the occasional well read beginner!).
Advanced payment is required to reserve your spot as classes always fill up fast. Make sure to check your calendar as class fees are non-refundable if you fail to attend.
Email: email@example.com, call: 828-484-9466, or drop by the store to reserve your spot.