Spring 2019: Modern Beekeeping & The Ancient Honey Bee


Starts Sunday, March 24th - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 680 Route 16, Tamworth, NH. Carroll County Adult Education is offering a 15 week course, free for students enrolled in a diploma class through Carroll County Adult Ed. $150 for non-Diploma students. Includes books, couples discount of $30 if materials are shared. Pay by check, cash, or card through the shop. Call Athena 603 733-7736. Check should be made out to: Governor Wentworth School District.

Former Students: You are welcome to sit in on any of these classes to brush up on or make up a subject. Check the calendar and let me know. We are using pretty much the same notebook as the beginner & advanced classes held here at the shop.

For NON-DIPLOMA students attendance at all 15 workshops is recommended, but not required. A description of each class is offered at the link to help you prioritize in participating. Reading assignments & homework are also recommended in order to get the most out of the class. Discussing your goals for the class with the instructor is encouraged.

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 Sundays in the classroom at Carroll County Academy across from Lakeside PT at 680 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, NH. Call them at 323-5100 to sign up or contact athena @ athenasbees.com if you can't reach their office.

Download or open to print a course outline in pdf format

Descended from a vegetarian wasp and successfully evolving over millions of years in pace with 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.

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 2020 but does not require it.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 February, 2019.

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

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