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IMAGINE THAT HONEY!

The difference is in the partnership.

Beekeeping Instruction ~ Hive Management ~ Seasonal Pollination

Good for you, your community, and our future…

 

Please contact us if you are interested in signing up for our 2017​ class schedule, workshops, or personal instruction. imaginethathoney@hotmail.com

 

2017 ​BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS

​Swanzey, NH – Saturdays 9:00am – Noon, or 1 to 4pm​ 
March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8 & September 9
Group #2: June 18, July 23 & September 24

​$35/Class - Please bring a veil, and dress appropriately.

This complete series of classes will help guide you through the steps necessary to begin, keep
and maintain healthy bees. Everyone participating in the course will receive introductory instruction
 and recommendations for starting your own apiary, and most importantly hands-on experience.

Even if you only take a class here and there you'll still be ahead of the game. 
However, each of the classes is​ important as they will help you anticipate what's to come
and  help build confidence to make decisions as you begin this new hobby.

CLASS SCHEDULE

MARCH & APRIL – INTRODUCTION, HIVE MATERIALS, OVERVIEW FOR THE YEAR

  • ​Apiary Location Requirements
  • Apiary Site Discussion
  • Clothing Recommendations
  • Feeding Your Bees
  • Building Hive & Frame
  • Installing your Package of Bees
  • Introduction & Overview
  • Keeping a Notebook - manual or computer
  • ​Maintaining Healthy Bees/Medication
  • Opening & Inspection of Hives
  • Predators & Loss Prevention
  • Electric Fencing & Other Products
  • Purchasing Used Equipment +/-
  • Re-Queening
  • Smokers & Fuel
  • Tools & Equipment

FIRST BEES ARRIVE MID-APRIL to MID-MAY: We do have bees available & suggest that you order them ASAP

MAY – SPRING & SUMMER MANAGEMENT

  • Spring Management Summary
  • Swarms - "Bee" prepared!
  • ​In the Hive - Proper Technique
  • Visiting the Hives

JUNE – SUMMER & FALL MANAGEMENT

  • Summer & Fall Management Summary
  • What do we see in the hive ... Swarm?
  • ​Reversing Hive Bodies
  • Preparing NUCs for Next Spring

JULY – FALL MANAGEMENT – Feed your bees…

  • ​Honey Supers & Preparing to Harvest
  • To medicate or not to medicate?
  • ​Bee Yard & Tour

SEPTEMBER – EXTRACTING & WINTER PREPARATION & YEAR IN REVIEW – Q & A

  • ​Winter Management Expectations
  • Proper use of Honey Extractor
  • ​Extracting & Bottling Honey

If there is enough interest: Fall Pot Luck – Beekeeper's Reunion
Also remember that once you have taken the entire group of classes,
​you are welcome to return for refershers during the regularly scheduled classes at no additional charge. 

Classes are hands-on. Weather permitting; each class will consist of a visit to the hives.
You should bring along or wear light-colored loose fitting clothing with long sleeves.
Socks and shoes are recommended, no shorts, open-toed sandals, or short socks please.

Timing is Everything...

To Register Contact: Dean & Jodi Turner, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH 03446
Email: imaginethathoney@hotmail.com     Phone: (603) 381-1717