The first session of this two-part series will provide an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and social structure of honeybees and their hives. You will learn honeybee needs and go through the tasks and activities of a beekeeper's year. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of honeybees, the annual cycle of healthy hive, and a vision of what it would look like to integrate honeybees into their lives.
Time: Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, March 24
Honeybee Hive Management
The second session of this two-part series will cover the types and components of honeybee hives and the various management styles. You will learn the appropriate equipment for different styles of hives, and be provided with guidance on non-toxic approaches to mite prevention and treatment. Participants will create an apiary design and action plan for their scale and circumstance and leave this workshop with a plan in place to integrate beekeeping into their gardens, homesteads or farms.
This course is being taught by Angela Röell, owner of Yard Birds Farm, a homestead and honey business operation out of Montague. A faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Sustainable Farm and Food System program as well as Greenfield Community College and the Franklin County House of Corrections, Angela teaches experiential courses in beekeeping, food systems, food waste, and food preservation.
Time: Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, March 31
Cost: $50 per session or $95 for both