Beekeeping Instruction - Hive Management - Seasonal Pollination
Good for you, your community, and our future…
Advanced Beekeeping Workshops ~ Top Bar & Warre Hive Building
Using NUCs to Build Your Bee Yard ~ Small Scale Queen Rearing
Hive Tours - Visiting Bee Yards
Specific topics tailored to your needs...
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Beginner Beekeeping Classes - Usually meet the 2nd Saturday of the month: ITH Produced Video for the March & April Classes as well as Zoom – Class Dates: March 12, April 9 9:00am – 11:00am, On-site
Weather Permitting: May 14, June 11, July 9 & September 10 from 9:00am - Noon Please note – No class in August. These are hands-on seasonal classes: 10 - 15 students & bee-buddies +/-, You’ll gain: knowledge about equipment recommendation, demonstrations & encouragement, and so much more. This complete series of classes will help guide you through the steps necessary to begin, keep, and hopefully 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 or two, you'll still be ahead of the game. However we do encourage you to participate in as many as possible. It’s all about timing. $50/Class, or Prepay for all 6 Classes, for $250 (one class for free) & we encourage you to include a friend at no additional cost. They’ll be your bee buddy!
Also new this year… Anyone participating in the ITH Beginner or Advanced Classes will be invited to monthly hive dives at Nye Hill Farm, Roxbury, NH and The Westmoreland Community Garden at no additional cost.
Slovenian Beekeeping/ AZ Hives - Beginner Beekeeping Classes - Class Dates: March 12, April 9 1:00pm – 3pm, On-site – Weather Permitting: May 14, June 11, July 9 & September 10 from 1pm – 4pm
Please note – No class in August. Preparation is minimal to get started, so we will provide you with a video we have produced on wiring your frames as well as information on the supplies you may find helpful. All the in-person classes are hands-on seasonal classes: 5 students & bee-buddies +/-, Bees are bees. To keep bees, you must understand how you may empower your bees by observing their needs. AZ hives are limited to space so you should always have a plan as you will need to manage them a bit more. These bees also require a bit more time, but less lifting. These classes are specifically catered to AZ beekeepers. We have over 20 years of beekeeping experience and several years of keeping AZ hives in two locations. Come learn more about your new hobby. Charge is $50/session.
Sundays, May 15, June 12, July 10, and Sept 11 (no August) 9:00am to noon starting at ITH, 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 try to stick to it. Each gathering is three hours long and we may visit your yard as well as others in the area. 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? You will find each monthly gathering beneficial. These classes 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 is $50/session.
AZ Hive Tour Day-Long Workshop – Specifically for Slovenian/ AZ - Beekeeping Enthusiasts, Novice & Advanced Beekeepers - Sat, June 4 & Sun, June 5, from 9:00am to 4:00pm starting at ITH, Swanzey, NH
These are day-long workshops. 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, with a focus on AZs in various locations throughout the Monadnock Region. You will need a veil and gloves, proper clothing, and closed toed shoes to attend these workshops. 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. You may deduct $50 if you choose to participate both days. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. Limited to 10 people.
Multi-Style Hive Tour Day-Long Workshops - Hive Yards & Instruction - Overall Tour of Bee Houses: AZ, Langstroth, Warre & Top Bar Yards – Novice & Advanced Beekeepers – Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31 from 9:00am to 4:00pm starting at ITH, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH
These are day-long workshops. The first of what could be a one or 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 workshops. 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/ day. You may deduct $50 if you choose to participate both days. Please make sure to bring a face mask and be aware of the importance of social distancing. Limited to 10 people.
BEES - Imagine That Honey does plan to offer our own NUCs of bees on Langstroth frames (deep, unless otherwise specified), and a limited number on AZ frames. Please specify. We will not take pre-payment for orders of our own bees until Earth Day, April 22, 2022. Please let us know if you are interested in being placed on a waiting list.
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.