|Full Name||David Macdonald|
|Location||Zoom for Classroom & Fulford for field days|
Beekeeping Course - Beginners to Intermediate
Instructor: David Macdonald. Certified Bee Master, Co-Founder Hives For Haiti, and B.C. Ministry of Agriculture Apiary Inspector.
Venue: 6 evening Zoom classes, and 2 Fulford field days.
Dates: Tuesday evenings starting February 2, 2021 (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM) + two field days (weekends)
All proceeds go to Hives For Haiti. hivesforhaiti.com
Course Fees: $290 – Please note: attendance in the class is assured once funds have been received (etrans, cheque, or cash).
Six evening classes + two field days.
Assistance in procuring your first bees and bee hive(s).
This course will start at the beginner level and carry on into intermediate beekeeping.
We’ll cover all the fascinating basics of the honey bee, and how to gently manage a small-scale apiary, but the course will focus heavily on:
1. understanding pathogens, and their complex relationship with honey bees. In today’s beekeeping environment (i.e. multiple pathogens, toxicity, climate change, and intensive modern agriculture) it’s difficult to consistently keep colonies alive & thriving. It’s critical for the beekeeper to be knowledgeable, recognize pathogens as they appear, manage them (When Necessary), and, most of all, support colonies in maintaining healthy immune systems.
2. a mindful approach to apiary management. It’s of great value to beekeep in a peaceful, focused state of mind. This reduces stinging events, stress within the hive, and allows for more harmonious, rewarding experiences with our amazing honey bee buddies.
This training will be valuable to beginners, and/or intermediate beekeepers (E.g. someone that’s kept a few colonies for several years) that wish to improve their knowledge, colony survival rates, and ability to manage hives with minimal disturbance to our bee friends; thus making beekeeping more enjoyable for beekeeper and bee….
Note: Due to Covid-19, we've reduced the 2021 course fee so students can purchase their own manuals. This year, we'll ask that you order the manual yourself. The Beekeeper's Handbook by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile . Here are a couple of links to nice local book retailers who'll be happy to fill your order (BTW: don't wait too long, it's special order & might take a while to arrive):