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Beekeeping classes are offered each spring. Find out more...
Outdoor opportunities include Bird Awareness and OLLI fieldtrip classes.

  SPRING 2014 extension
BEEKEEPING CLASSES

Offered at HSU or in Southern Humboldt!

Honeybees pollinate the crops that we depend on for many of the foods we eat. In recent decades, economic and environmental challenges have led to a major decline in the number of honeybees in North America.

In response, more people want to learn to keep bees in their own backyard.

These beekeeping courses will provide the information, hands-on experience and confidence anyone will need to succeed as a backyard beekeeper.

These courses involve field trips to sites outside of the HSU campus. Participants are required to complete a Release of Liability form.

Practical Beekeeping[bee image]

Learn the basics of how to keep honeybees for pollination and to produce honey and other products. Topics include bee biology, life cycle and social organization, and colony management techniques.

We will cover both conventional and alternative methods for keeping bees healthy and coping with the common bee diseases and parasites. You will learn practical, hands-on skills while visiting local beeyards on several field trips.

Also, you will have the opportunity to purchase hive equipment and package bees at a substantial discount in order to start your own honeybee colonies.

Choose one of two sessions offered:

Session 1 at HSU:

date .......... Tues., Feb. 25-May 6 (no class March 18) plus Sat.: March 15, 29; May 10

time .......... Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... $140, plus $50/unit of optional credit

place .......... Tues.: SCIB133; Sat.: Bayside Park Farm, Old Arcata Rd., Sunny Brae

instr .......... Garrett Brinton

course .......... EENC X014, 27640 REGISTER FOR NON-CREDIT ONLINE

credit .......... ZOOL X315, 1-2 units (CR/NC), 27641/27642
REGISTER FOR ONE UNIT OF CREDIT ONLINE
REGISTER FOR TWO UNITS OF CREDIT ONLINE

Session 2 in Southern Humboldt:

date .......... Wed., Feb. 26-May 7 (no class March 19) plus Sat., March 22, April 5, May 3

time .......... Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... $140, plus $50/unit of optional credit

place .......... Wed.: South Fork High School, Ave. of the Giants, Miranda; Sat., Beginnings, Briceland Rd., Briceland

instr .......... Garrett Brinton

course .......... EENC X014, 27660 REGISTER FOR NON-CREDIT ONLINE

credit .......... ZOOL X315, 1-2 units (CR/NC), 27661/27662
REGISTER FOR ONE UNIT OF CREDIT ONLINE
REGISTER FOR TWO UNITS OF CREDIT ONLINE

Advanced Practical Beekeeping

This class is for those who already keep bees and/or have taken Practical Beekeeping.

Gain more knowledge and hands-on experience to maximize beekeeping success, with an emphasis on dealing effectively with some of the more complicated beekeeping problems. An important part of the class will be discussing developments and challenges in your own hives.

Spring is the most important time of the beekeeper’s year as the bees are building up their population to collect honey in early summer. Each week (weather permitting), we will inspect local hives, see what kind of problems and needs arise, and explore a range of alternatives for dealing with these challenges.

Some situations that we will encounter are hive and queen assessment, loss of queen, requeening, dividing and combining hives, avoiding starvation and robbing problems, feeding, monitoring for common diseases and parasites, and both conventional and alternative options for treating these conditions.

date .......... Sat., March 1, 15, 29; April 12, 26, May 10

time .......... 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... $140, plus $50/unit of optional credit

place .......... UIHS Potowat Farm: 1600 Weeot Way, Arcata

instr ..... Garrett Brinton

course .......... EENC X014, 27663 REGISTER FOR NON-CREDIT ONLINE

credit .......... ZOOL X315, 1 unit (CR/NC), 27664 REGISTER FOR ONE UNIT OF CREDIT ONLINE

Garrett Brinton
manages 40 honeybee colonies located in Bayside, Sunny Brae, Trinidad, Westhaven, Hoopa and Redway, producing local honey and beeswax.

To be notified of future offerings of "Practical Beekeeping," be sure to get on the College of eLearning & Extended Education mailing list.

 

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