HCBA 2017 Beginner Beekeeper Education

Classroom Syllabus

Session

Module

Class

Time

Instructor

One

Jan 16, 2017

Introductions & Overview

  • Partnerships
  • Scope
  • Ownership, mentorship, continuing education

10 mins

David Stallings  

Henderson County CED, Henderson County Extension Service

10 mins

Marvin Owings  

Bee Biology - The colony

  • Annual Cycle of the Colony – The Superorganism
  • The Honorary Mammal
  • Behavioral Plasticity  
  • Communication
  • Let’s Dance / The Three Dances
  • Frequencies / Vibrations
  • Pheromones

60 mins

 

Janet Peterson  

The History of Beekeeping

  • Beehives & Beekeeping
  • Langstroth and His Hive
  • Beekeeping Today

20 mins

Gary German  

Two

Jan 23, 2017

Bee Biology - The individual bee

  • Biology/Life Cycle of Honey Bees
  • Brood Developmental Cycle
  • Adult Life Progression
  • Anatomy
  • Immune System
  • Different Bees for Different Seasons

80 mins

Carl Chesick  

The HCBA Support System

Mentorship

  • Requesting a mentor
  • How many mentors is the correct number?
  • Who do I ask?
  • Mentor’s responsibilities
  • Communications
  • Honesty and Ethics
  • Mentee’s responsibilities
  • Having the ‘right’ info
  • Documentation
  • Respecting time and distance
  • Code of Ethics Policies

Continuing Education

  • Self help - books, journals, involvement w/fellow beekeepers, etc
  • Johnson Farm Beekeeper Workshops
  • HCBA: Intermediate Beekeeper Education
  • NCSBA: Master Beekeeper

20 mins

Antoine Ignizio  

Three

Jan 30, 2016

Terminology and Parts of the Hive

  • Beekeeping Tools and Equipment
  • Types of Hives
  • Parts of the Hive
  • Beekeeper’s Vocabulary

50 mins

David George  

Getting Started

  • Packages and Nucs
  • Where to obtain
  • Cost
  • Pros and Cons of each
  • Installation (video)
  • Hive Inspections
  • Frequency
  • Things beekeepers should be looking for
  • Queen Issues
  • Record keeping - set a recommended ‘format’ of data elements a new beekeeper should record for each hive. (ed note) Map to mentor session.

50 mins

Chris Aamodt  

Four

Feb 6, 2017

The symbiotic relationship between bees and plants

Seasonal Hive Management

Spring (March-April-May)

  • Inspections

                            Confirm expanding brood & room for expansion

                            Adequate stores

                            Evaluate dead outs (Starvation, disease, etc.)

  • Feeding options

                             Sugar water, stored honey, dry sugar,pollen, etc

                      *    Observing the entrance

                             Foragers?

                             Orientation flights?

                             Guard bees?

                             What’s coming out of hive?

                         *Recordkeeping

                         *Swarm Control

                             When? How? (Splits, nucs, etc.)

                         *Supering (Tulip poplar flow)

Summer (June-July-August)

  • Inspections

                             Laying queen?

                          Eggs? Larva? Capped Brood?

                          Hive beetles? Varroa?

                          Adequate room for brood, honey, pollen

  • Feeding if needed
  • Supering (Sourwood flow)
  • Honey

                             Removing, replacing supers

                      *Recordkeeping          

                           

Fall (September-October-November)

  • Robbing
  • Feeding/Nutritional Issues
  • Honey stores
  • Moving Bees
  • Adding and removing supers
  • Mite control
  • Recordkeeping

Winter

  • Stores
  • Mite treatment
  • Mouse guard          

80 mins

 Burton Beasley  

  • Bear Fencing

20 mins

Sean Collingsworth

Five

Feb 13, 2017

Diseases and Parasites of the hive

  • Invaders: Mites, SHB, Wax Months, etc
  • Bacteria and Fungus: EFB, AFB, etc
  • IPM
  • Treatments: Treatment Free, Hard and Soft Chemicals
  • DriftWatch and BeeCheck

100 mins

Lewis Cauble

Six

Feb 20, 2017

Swarms

  • Natural and induced swarms
  • Recognizing and Preventing Swarms
  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Managing Swarms
  • Swarm Traps

80 mins

Lewis Cauble 

Safety

  • Bee stings
  • Fire!! ( smoker safety)
  • Cuts and contusions
  • Muscle strain
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Chemical exposure

20 mins

Betsy George

Seven

Feb 27, 2017

Most Frequent Problems for a New Beekeeper

  • Review of some key points covered in class.
  • Lessons from their beginner beekeeper experiences.  
  • Q&A

75 mins

Betsy George, et al

Review of Apiary Syllabus

15 min

Chris Aamodt  

Closing  Comments

10 mins

Marvin Owings

Closing Comments

10 mins

David Stallings

Topics Formerly in Classroom Moved to Monthly Meetings and/or Apiary Sessions:

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