We will cover basic techniques of "organic" beekeeping, including materials and equipment, beehive structure, the life cycle of bees, hive development and dynamics, seasonal apiary work, honey and hive products, common pests and diseases, and hive management - with an emphasis on ecologically-friendly management techniques. We will taste local and varietal honeys, and learn about harvesting and using bee products. You will learn everything you need to know to set up your own backyard apiary.
DATES & TIMES: Five Thursday evenings Febuary-March from 7:00-8:30pm, plus three hands-on field dates in March-April, depending on weather, etc.
February 8 from 7:00-8:30pm
February 15 from 7:00-8:30pm
March 1 from 7:00-8:30pm
March 8 from 7:00-8:30pm
March 15 from 7:00-8:30pm
(March 22 backup/snow date)
FIELD DAYS* (times TBD):
LOCATION: Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (located in the Brewery complex on Amory Street, across from Stony Brook T Stop)
Space and time to enroll is limited, so please register ASAP. Registration link will be posted as soon as it's open.
Pre-registration highly recommended (space may fill up and only those pre-registered will be guaranteed a seat).
* Course fee includes 5 classroom sessions and 3 hands-on workshops/field days, in addition to exclusive access to numerous resources.
* BABA Members receive priority registration to Bee School (starting 12/17 at noon) and a 15% discount (as well as other membership benefits throughout the year). Visit BABA's membership page
to become a member and take advantage of benefits today!
* Limited scholarships are available to interested individuals experiencing financial hardship. If you are interested in a scholarship, please send an email describing your circumstances to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be in touch!
Course "books" are provided as a PDF for free. If you'd like a printed & spiral bound version, we sell them to attendees for $10.
Course instructors: The course will be taught by members of Boston Area Beekeepers Association and guest speakers.