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The Beginner Beekeeper‘s Class One will cover:
- Essential hive components and tools
- Personal protective equipment - (PPE) styles and options
- Apiary location considerations and safety
- Equipment - obtaining, maintaining, storage
- Time commitments - tending colonies, honey extraction, continuing education
- Bee stings
In addition, you will learn about hive components - their function and placement, how to place frames in a hive box, and practice other essential beekeeping tasks.
There will be time to ask plenty of questions.
When you register you will receive an email with additional information!
We are excited that you want to keep bees!
All Beginner Beekeeper’s classes are in person.
This class is limited to 9 students. Approximate time for class - 3 hours
All New Beekeepers - just starting in 2023 or started in 2019 - 2022
This is a meeting to bring your questions, concerns, and observations about your colonies. And about Spring, nectar flow, feeding, extraction, varroa mite treatment etc. Any topics or questions are welcome!
There will be beekeepers from your area clusters, area coordinators, and MDBA board members to help answer your questions.
Here is the complete zoom link:
Topic: New Beekeepers meet-up & chat
Time: May 9, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 833 7719 1866
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Pleasant Hill Senior Center
MDBA General Meeting - Thursday, May 11, 2023
THIS MONTHS GENERAL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE PLEASANT HILL SENIOR CENTER
PLEASANT HILL SENIOR CENTER
233 GREGORY LANE
Our General Membership meetings occur every 2nd Thursday of the month, 7PM to 9PM, doors open at 6:30PM. Come early to chat, meet beekeepers and find out about our bee club.
This month features a panel of MDBA beekeepers answering questions about Spring beekeeping and other concerns. There will be the last mini raffle also.
Lafayette Community Gardens
Mark your calendar and bring your questions! Member Education invites you to participate on Saturday, May 13, at 10:00AM to kick off the fourth mini bee day of 2023 beekeeping season! Hosted by experienced MDBA beekeepers, this is your opportunity to:
- Learn as we discuss what’s currently going on in our hives.
- See the bees and what they’re doing now that Spring is in full swing.
- Describe concerns / seek advice re: managing your colonies.
Special focus will be on new (years 1 - 4) beekeepers getting started. This mini bee day will examine what’s happening in our hives now that Spring is in full swing! Remember: there is no stupid question when it comes to beekeeping! It‘s a continual learning process.
The second class for beginner Beekeepers is a hive inspection.
You will be in a small group working with an Apprentice Master Beekeepers.
All are welcome to register for the class. Priority will go to MDBA beginner beekeepers who completed the Beginner Beekeeper Class 1.
You will learn and practice:
• safely lighting a smoker
• approaching a hive and observing the bees
• how to use a hive tool
• how to inspect a colony
• recognize the caste of honeybees in the hive
• name and recognize how bees organize a frame of brood
• observe how bees organize their colony
• perform a varroa mite test
There will be a discussion about Varroa life cycle, fomites, and how to clean your tools.
There will be a discussion/practice about Queen cages and how to install a Queen.
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation from MDBA.
On Tuesday before the class, you will receive a welcome email with more information you will need to know.
BE SURE TO BRING YOUR BEEKEEPING JACKET AND VEIL TO THE CLASS!