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
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2023 Classes, Workshops & Presentations
ITH will not be offering Beginner or Advanced Beekeeping Classes in 2023. Please contact the Monadnock Beekeepers Association if you are interested in attending their classes and feel like you are ready to learn more about these amazing little creatures. email email@example.com for Zoom information.
Multi-Style Hive Tour Day-Long Workshops - Hive Yards & Instruction
Bee Houses: AZ, Langstroth, Warre & Top Bar Hives - Novice & Advanced Beekeepers
Saturdays: June 17, July 8 & August 12 from 9:00am to 4:00pm starting at ITH, 283 Matthews Rd, Swanzey, NH
These are day-long workshops. You should provide your own transportation. We will provide lunch, and refreshments. These workshops will focus on visits to several AZ houses and yards in various locations throughout the Monadnock Region which will include more traditional bee practices. 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 available 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 each workshop is $150/person. 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.
Queen Rearing on a Small or Larger Scale - Learn more on how you can become a more sustainable beekeeper by raising your own queens. Don't let this intimidate you.
Sunday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm. starting at ITH, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH
You’ll find this day long workshop to be quite an education! This workshop will offer you a chance to see how queens can be raised in several difference manners. We’ll explain and demonstrate the set-up, grafting, and mating process in our own yards. 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 gloves required. If all goes well, there will be queens available for you to take home. Cost for this workshop is $100/ person. Lunch is not included. This is rain or shine. ($25 discount if you join us for the June 17th Tour.)
Looking for AZ Beekeepers - Starting an AZ Guild for NH & the Monadnock Region
Keeping AZ/Slovenian Hives has its nuances. Yes, everyone who has bees needs to understand how to keep bees, but AZ hives are slightly different from Langs, Warre, or Top Bar hives. Please let us know if you might be interested in participating in this group of enthusiastic, highly motivated group of AZ individuals. We'll plan to communicate how this group will be set-up in early 2023. There will be no fee or organization of officers for this group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on contact us for more information.
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.
Empowering our Pollinators – Working together for the greater good.
Join us as we discuss ways to encourage pollinators to visit our greenways. These beauties are more than just honeybees. There are butterflies, birds, and so many other creatures helping us grow fruits and vegetables and allowing us to observe the magnitude of their hard work. Let’s talk about what can we do to help and empower this vital network. We can help add nutrients to the soil, offer attractive housing, and hopefully make good choices when planning our gardens and landscapes. Perhaps Mason Bees are your link to the pollinator world. We’ll show you inexpensive ways to get started and view these amazing bees first-hand from March thru June. Native pollinators are all around us. Let’s keep them here by reducing pesticide use and using alternative more environmentally friendly practices.
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Honeybees are Amazing Pollinators – Helping our overachievers.
You must think we’re CRAZY to find joy and a Zen-like feeling when working our bees. The first step to becoming a better beekeeper is to learn the vocabulary, next find someone with a passion and love of bees. Sharing the process with a bee buddy, and mentor will build your confidence and help you gain knowledge to relax and learn to anticipate the needs of the bees as you continue on your journey. We’ve kept bees for over 20 years and still learn something incredible with each new day. We’ll talk about the benefits of honeybees, why they are relied upon to pollinate crops such as almonds, strawberries and so much more. Let’s talk about nutrition. Think about what you ate today. Much of what you ate was probably touched by a pollinator. We’re here to help you gain a better perspective about these amazing creatures.