Winter 2021: Modern Beekeeping & The Ancient Honey Bee


Jan 2021 - Modern Beekeeping and the Ancient Honey Bee taught by Athena Contus

PLEASE NOTE: COVID GUIDELINE DEPENDENT COURSE - This course will happen via Zoom through the Wonalancet Honey Bee Co if the Adult Ed classroom is not available.

Carroll County Adult Education hopes to offer once again this 15 week course. If so, it is free for students enrolled in a diploma class through Carroll County Adult Ed. Registration date TBA. Anyone previously enrolled in this course may repeat a class at no cost.

-Hive Field Guide For Beekeepers
-Supplemental Notebook

-Supplies for hands on activities

*Course text now included:
“Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping” 2013 Edition, by Caron.

Expectations and Goals
The goal is to educate students about the history and management practices impacting honey bee colony health across the U.S.A. with insights into best practices for raising honey bees in northern New Hampshire’s farm & forest environment, with its short nectar flows and long winters. This course should ready a student to begin the practice of keeping bees in 2021 but does not require it.

This course qualifies for a history credit and is the equivalent of an upper level course required by some Master Beekeeper Certification programs. It will be held Sunday afternoons beginning at 12:30 in the classroom at Carroll County Academy across from Lakeside PT at 680 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, NH.

Descended from a vegetarian wasp and successfully evolving over millions of years nurturing the blooms that feed & beautify our planet, the humble honey bee has been cherished by humans as long ago as the earliest cave drawings; yet it is only recently that we came to understand the important role of insects in pollination. In this course we will study the biology of apis mellifera, the indispensable honey bee, as pollinators, beeswax producers, honey makers, dancers, navigators, nannies, loyal daughters & precision engineers. We will gain insights into how their resilience has contributed to the management practices threatening to either bring their species to an end or insure their survival in our modern agricultural environments. Keeping honey bees in Northern New England’s challenging climate will also be explored in the classroom as well as in field day excursions to local apiaries with examples of modern beekeeping equipment options and management practices.

Schedule - Dates TBA as we get closer to the start:

History, Science, & Art
Four Dynamic Elements of a Honey Bee Colony
Honey Bees as a Superorganism
Honey Bee Pheromones
Recognizing Healthy Honey Bees:
The Gifts of Evolution
Hive Locations & Insuring Colony
Health & Food Resources
February  - No Class - Presidents Day Weekend
Keeping Bees in New Hampshire's
Northern Climate
Where & How To Get Bees:
Climate &Health Considerations
Brood Diseases: Nurseries in Peril
Hive Pests & Predators
The Hive Inspection
Apiary Management Strategies & Winter     Preparations
Untraditional Colony Management, Naturally
April - No Class - Easter Sunday
Harvesting Honey
Using Pollen, Beeswax, Propolis, & Bees

Athena's Bees 1805 Route 16, Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Phone: 603-733-7736 ~ Hours: M-F 10am to 4pm

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