Beekeeping Instruction - Hive Management - Seasonal Pollination

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Advanced Beekeeping Workshops

Top Bar & Warre Hive Building

Using NUCs to Build Your Bee Yard

Small Scale Queen Rearing

Hive Tours - Visiting Bee Yards

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Classes, Workshops & Presentations 2020

Advanced Beekeeping – Summer-Long Series  –  Experienced Beekeepers

Sundays, July 12 & September 13 (no August) 9:00am to noon starting at Imagine That Honey, Swanzey, NH
Yes, Imagine That Honey sells bees, and we want the best possible stock in the area, but aren’t you sick of buying bees each year? Let’s make a plan and stick to it. We’ll be meeting on Zoom once a month or as needed throughout the summer and into the fall. Each gathering is three hours long and will include videos as needed. We’ll visit your yard as well as others in the area, and you will be given the opportunity to go from struggling to confident and knowledgeable as COVID-19 allows. We are not offering you the crystal ball, but will provide information on timing, and a better understanding about why there are variables, and how to best face them with a positive outcome. Where are you know, and where do you want to be? It is important to make all of the workshops, and they will be rescheduled due to weather if necessary. This is much like our Beginner Classes, only for beekeepers with a year or more experience who are ready to take the next steps. Charge for these workshops is $50/session. 

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Pollinators Matter - How to Attract and Observe - Workshop/Presentation - CANCELLED - Library closed Indefinitely...

Saturday, March 28, 10:00am to noon, Brooks Library Community Room, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 

This workshop will cover beekeeping as well as preparing and caring for Mason Bees, and various bee houses and "hotels."  We’ll also talk about how we can encourage beneficial insects to visit our yards. Adding pollinators is a great way to increase the yield in your garden, as well as share an excellent educational opportunity with friends and family. We’ll offer suggestions, pros and cons, and review a variety of bee houses. Everyone will make and take home a seed bomb to toss and watch grow. These are a collection of seeds pressed into a soil medium that can be tossed into an open field, roadside, or into your own yard. We’ll talk about the types of flowers that specific bees are attracted to, and we hope that you’ll decide to make more on your own! This is just the beginning, and you’ll be amazed at how easily you can make a difference.

 

Hurray - It's Spring! Now What & How to Plan Ahead - Demos and Discussions - CANCELLED - Please stay healthy everyone!

Saturday, April 4 from 10am to noon +/- at Cheshire Horse, Route 10, Swanzey, NH

The snow is starting to melt, and the bees are looking for their first nectar & pollen of the season. Whether you've purchased bees or your bees have made it through the winter, there's so much fun ahead of you. The important thing is that you plan ahead. We'll talk about the pros and cons to various bee houses, feeding, and the possible explosion of bees in your hive(s). Bee prepare. No pre-registration required. Just stop by. Free to the public.

 

For the Love of Pollinators - Mason Bees - Seed Bombs - CANCELLED - Please stay healthy everyone!

Saturday, April 18, 11am to 1pm, Goffstown Public Library, 2 High Street, Goffstown, NH

This workshop is being offered by the Goffstown Public Library as part of their community conversation programs. We’ll review habitat creation/conservation, pollinators and honeybees. How best to encourage healthy pollinators to your yard? And, if you are ready to take on a new hobby, we’ll offer several suggestions and answer your questions. We’ll demonstrate several beekeeping techniques, as well as ways to pollinate your garden with Mason Bees, how much fun it is to make seed bombs, and provide a honey tasting! ITH's workshops are always dynamic, informative, interactive, and hands-on.

 

For the Love of Pollinators - Earth Day - CANCELLED - Please stay healthy everyone!

Wednesday, April 22, Time 6:30pm,  Brown Memorial Library, 78 West Main Street, Bradford, NH

This workshop is being offered by the Griffin Free Public Library as part of their community education programs. We’ll review habitat creation/conservation, pollinators and honeybees. How best to encourage healthy pollinators to your yard? And, if you are ready to take on a new hobby, we’ll offer several suggestions and answer your questions. We’ll demonstrate several beekeeping techniques, as well as ways to pollinate your garden with Mason Bees, how much fun it is to make seed bombs, and provide a honey tasting! ITH's workshops are always dynamic, informative, interactive, and hands-on.

For the Love of Pollinators - Let's taste some honey! - CANCELLED - Please stay healthy everyone!

Saturday, April 25, 1pm - 3pm,  Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, NH

This workshop is being offered by the Derry Public Library as part of their community education programs. We’ll review habitat creation/conservation, pollinators and honeybees. How best to encourage healthy pollinators to your yard? And, if you are ready to take on a new hobby, we’ll offer several suggestions and answer your questions. We’ll demonstrate several beekeeping techniques, as well as ways to pollinate your garden with Mason Bees, how much fun it is to make seed bombs, and provide a honey tasting! ITH's workshops are always dynamic, informative, interactive, and hands-on.

 

What it Takes to Start a Local Bee Yard & Breeding Program, Zoom Chat, Friday, May 8 at 7pm - Done :)
Imagine That Honey will be presenting and answering questions during this Zoom Presentation regarding what it takes to start a local bee yard, club apiary, or co-op: pros & cons, business plan, and breeding for Capital Area Beekeepers regular monthly meeting. If you are interested in joining this presentation, please contact Tracy Szelat at szelatr@yahoo.com.

 

Using NUCs to Split or Winter-Over Your Bees - Done :)

Sunday, May 24 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH (Class size limited to 5.)

You may not have realized it, but NUC boxes are one of your most versatile pieces of equipment. Yes, you can use them to hold your bees, but did you realize that these little gems can hold a queen in waiting? We'll explain the many types of NUCS, what they can be used for, and why everyone should have at least one. We'll be demonstrating how to build the wooden boxes as well as what types of bees and frames of bees you'll need to get started. Please bring a veil. We do have dials available if you are interested in building your own NUC box. Fee: $35.  Sorry - This workshop is full. Please consider taking one or more of the Advanced Classes. 

 

For the Love of Honey Bees & Pollinators - Done :)

Saturday, June 6 from 10am to 1:00pm+/-, SW corner of Orchard Hill & Cheney Ave, Peterborough, NH

This workshop is being offered by the Peterborough Beekeepers Guild and is limited to 5 participants. We’ll review habitat creation/conservation, pollinators and honeybees. How best to encourage healthy pollinators to your yard? And, if you are ready to take on a new hobby, we’ll offer several suggestions and answer your questions. We’ll demonstrate several beekeeping techniques, which will include the importance of knowing your mite count, varroa mite testing! ITH's workshops are always dynamic, informative, interactive and hands-on, so make sure to bring your veil, and gloves, and dress appropriately. Go to the Peterborough Beekeepers Guild's FB page for more information. Fee $25.

More Love of Honey Bees & Pollinators - Done :)

Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 am to 1:00pm+/-, 207 Ursa Ridge, West Brattleboro, VT

The Brattleboro Area Beekeepers’ Guild will host a workshop by Jodi Turner/Imagine That Honey the BABG bee yard in West Brattleboro, VT. The cost is discounted from ITH’s standard workshop fee and will be $25. Participation will be limited in the interest of social distancing. We will review hive styles and options (the yard has 8 and 10-frame Langstroths, 5-frame nucs, a 3-chamber mating nuc, a top bar, and a 30-frame horizontal Lang that I built, easy peasy, and will share building plans. We’ll also talk about: Peak summer management, including swarms, splits and requeening; Disease and pest management including nosema, foul brood, chalk brood and mite testing/mitigation - How to recognize, prevent and treat; We’ll do an oxalic acid vaporization demonstration; Discuss July dearth and the fall flow; Review preparing for winter. Because that’s what the bees are thinking about already! Call, text (802) 380-9330 or PM Nancy Frye to reserve a spot, or go to the Brattleboro Area Beekeepers Guild's FB page for more information.

 

AZ Hive Tour Day-Long Workshop - Slovenian AZ Hive Yards & Instruction – Novice & Advanced Beekeepers - New!

Friday, July 24, from 9:00am to 4:30pm starting at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH

This is a day-long workshop. The first of what could be a two-day adventure. You must provide your own transportation. We will provide lunch, and refreshments. This workshop will focus on visits to several AZ Houses and Yards in various locations throughout the Monadnock Region. You will need a veil and gloves, proper clothing, and closed toed shoes to attend these workshop. Please let us know if you will need gear as we do have a limited supply for you to borrow. By participating in this tour, you will receive a first-hand look at what AZ beekeeping is all about. What a perfect gift! This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about bees. Charge for this workshop is $150/person. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

 

Hive Tour Day-Long Workshop – Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar & AZ - Beekeeping Enthusiasts, Novice & Advanced Beekeepers

Saturday, July 25, from 9:00am to 4:30pm starting at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH

This is a day-long workshop. You must provide your own transportation. We will provide lunch, and refreshments. This workshop will consist of visits to several yards/hives: Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar & AZ's in various locations throughout the Monadnock Region. You will need a veil and gloves, proper clothing, and closed toed shoes to attend these workshop. Please let us know if you will need gear as we do have a limited supply for you to borrow. By participating in this tour, you will receive a first-hand look at what beekeeping is all about. What a perfect gift! This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about bees. Charge for this workshop is $150/person. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

Join us for both of the above days and receive a $25 discount... Please remember registration is limited.

 

Queen Rearing - Learn how you can grow your own queens - Intermediate - Advanced Beekeepers

Saturday, July 11 from 1pm to 4pm starting at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH

So, you’d like a better understanding about how to get started raising your own queens? Here's your chance, and you’ll find this to be three hours well spent! We've been keeping bees for quite some time, and as you learn more about bees, you're sure to have more questions and interest in these amazing creatures. You can watch videos and browse the web, but here's your chance to DIY. We have the tools. All you need is the interest to learn, a steady hand, and patience. This is the perfect time of the season to graft. We'll have everything ready to go. Veil and glove required. Cost for this workshop is $50/ person. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

 

3rd Annual Slovenian Beekeeping – Open House Bee House Day, August 1 from 10am-4pm. Cancelled due to COVID-19

See you next year!
ITH will be participating at “Soulshine” AZ Bee House, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH
It was a very successful Tour in 2019 with seven bee houses and now there are even more with bee houses in NH & VT, etc. There is no charge for this Tour. Here’s your chance to visit some very interesting ways to keep honey bees. These house are located in some beautiful locations with gardens, and extensive sharing of experiences. Many of the beekeepers will offer recipes and possibly a few of our favorite appetizers and beverages. Hives will not be opened, so no additional bee gear is required. Watch for the signs. We suggest you go to
www.slovenianbeekeeping.com for additio
nal information. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. 

 

What’s Next – How to Prepare for Winter & Spring

Saturday, August 8 from 9:00am to Noon at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH

So you’ve been keeping bees for a while. That can mean 6 months to a year or two or more. Things are going OK, but you still have a few questions. How do I prepare my hive(s) for winter & spring? Why do they suggest wrapping, feeding, medicating, and more! Are you ready and what will you do with the left over frames? The queen will really start laying in January? Yes! We will discuss all of this and any questions you may have. Please bring any equipment or frames you may have questions about. Weather permitting, we will go into the hives.so please bring a chair as we will probably be outside. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Cost $45/person, and you will go home with a small jar of honey. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

 

Honey Extracting Workshop – General Public

Saturday, September 12, from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH

This is definitely one of the best parts of becoming a beekeeper. Learn a little about bees and what it takes to fill that jar of honey. Get a better understanding about the activities that take place in the hive, and what we can learn from them. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Cost $50/person. You may bring a friend at no additional charge. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

 

Learn How to Clean Frames & Prepare for Future Bees Adventures - Free

Saturday, September 26, from 10am to noon at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH

We have a good supply of deep wooden AZ & Langstroth frames to be cleaned up; these are in good condition, and just need new foundation. We will provide the technique and experience he's gained to clean, singe, and replace foundation. Maintenance and keeping clean, healthy equipment is all part of the beekeeping experience. Come have fun, talk bees, and learn as you go. Space is limited to the first 15 attendees. This is a free workshop. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people.

 

Learn How to Clean Frames & Prepare for Future Bees Adventures - Free

Sunday, September 27, from 1 to 3pm at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH 03446

Yes, Dean's going to offer a FREE workshop while Jodi's away... Imagine That Honey has a good supply of deep wooden Langstroth frames to be cleaned up; these are in good condition, and just need new foundation. Dean will provide the technique and experience he's gained to clean, singe, and replace foundation. Maintenance and keeping clean, healthy equipment is all part of the beekeeping experience. Come have fun, talk bees, and learn as you go. You may even take a few frames home with you, if you like. I hear there may be some delightful refreshments... Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. This workshop is limited to 5 people. This is a free workshop.

The Importance of our Pollinators – Sponsored by the Old Homestead Garden Club, Swanzey, NH

Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00pm at the First Congregational Church, 679 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey Ctr, NH

Honey bees, mason bees, bumbles and native pollinators. Why are they so important and how do we bring them into our garden? We'll offer an overview about honey bees, and Mason bees, as well as suggestions for attracting all kinds of pollinators to your garden. Plan now, for a beautiful partnership in the spring and throughout the warmer months.

Additional Presentations As Requested:

 

Beekeeping & Our Love of Pollinators 

Our future depends on how we treat our environment. We are happy to talk with your group or organization regarding honey bees, our environment, planting suggestions for your gardens and yard, and can more. We are organic beekeepers, and have wintered over our bees with good success. We don't claim to know everything, but can share our experiences with you. Each presentation is customized with hands on activities and visits to the bee yards as time and weather permit. Cost: Travel $.575per mile to & from Swanzey, NH. Cost for this presentation is negotiable.

Yes, Imagine That Honey sells bees, and we want the best possible stock in the area, but aren’t you sick of buying bees each year? Let’s make a plan and stick to it. We’ll be meeting on Zoom once a month or as needed throughout the summer and into the fall. Each gathering is three hours long and will include videos as needed. We’ll visit your yard as well as others in the area, and you will be given the opportunity to go from struggling to confident and knowledgeable as COVID-19 allows. We are not offering you the crystal ball, but will provide information on timing, and a better understanding about why there are variables, and how to best face them with a positive outcome. Where are you know, and where do you want to be? It is important to make all of the workshops, and they will be rescheduled due to weather if necessary. This is much like our Beginner Classes, only for beekeepers with a year or more experience who are ready to take the next steps. Some flexibility may be required. Charge for this workshop is $150/ three hours of instruction, for each of four sessions, or $50/session. You will receive one class for free if paid in full by the first class in May.

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