Winter 2020: Modern Beekeeping & The Ancient Honey Bee

$150.00

Jan 5th - April 26, 2020 - Modern Beekeeping and the Ancient Honey Bee taught by Athena Contus

Carroll County Adult Education is offering a 15 week course for $150* for non-GED students, Sundays beginning at 12:30 at 680 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, NH: checks made payable to: Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Call them at 323-5100 to sign up or contact athena @ athenasbees.com if you can't reach their office. Course is free for students enrolled in a diploma class through Carroll County Adult Ed. Anyone previously enrolled in this course may repeat a class at no cost.

Includes:
-Hive Field Guide For Beekeepers
-Supplemental Notebook
-Beekeeping Basics
by Collison, Frazier & Caron
-Supplies for hands on activities

*Course text additional: “Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping” 2013 Edition, by Caron. Book may be purchased in class at a group discount from Wonalancet Honey Bee Co for $36. ($64 value but check Amazon's used book section. MUST BE the 2013 or latest edition)

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 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. Call them at 323-5100 to sign up or contact athena @ athenasbees.com if you can't reach their office.

Description
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:

January 5
History, Science, & Art
January 12
Four Dynamic Elements of a Honey Bee Colony
January 19
Honey Bees as a Superorganism
January 26
Honey Bee Pheromones
February 2
Recognizing Healthy Honey Bees:
The Gifts of Evolution
February 9
Hive Locations & Insuring Colony
Health & Food Resources
February 16 - No Class - Presidents Day Weekend
February 23
Keeping Bees in New Hampshire's
Northern Climate
March 1
Where & How To Get Bees:
Climate &Health Considerations
March 8
Brood Diseases: Nurseries in Peril
March 15
Hive Pests & Predators
March 22
The Hive Inspection
March 29
Apiary Management Strategies & Winter     Preparations
April 5
Untraditional Colony Management, Naturally
April 12 - No Class - Easter Sunday
April 19
Harvesting Honey
April 26
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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