Beginning Beekeepers’ School

Dates: Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm from September 16 – September 30, 2017; optional Ask a Beekeeper sessions begin at 8:30 am before each class.

Location: Hampstead Library, 75 Library Dr, Hampstead, NC 28443

Cost for 2-Day course : $75. This fee also includes one book and membership for one Individual to the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers as well as the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association ($60 value).

Members of the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers will receive a $20 discount! Become a member today by following this link!

You may bring one additional family member for an additional $10 fee.

Deadline for registration: August 15, 2017*. To register, you must send in a registration form along with your check.

If you are ready to reserve your seat for $75, please select the following link:

Non-refundable 3% fee on all credit card registrations.

If you are ready to reserve your seat for the discounted rate of $55 (for Hampstead Natural Beekeeper Members ONLY), please select the following link:

Non-refundable 3% fee on all credit card registrations.

If you would like to reserve your seat and add up to one additional family member for a total of $85 please select the following link:

Non-refundable 3% fee on all credit card registrations.

Download the Bee School Registration Form Here!

Please fill out the registration form and mail with your check payable to Hampstead Natural Beekeepers, 201 Alston Blvd., #C4, 28443.

* Register early! Space is limited to 35 people. We will fill up before the deadline and have to turn people away! Due to the high demand for our school, first preference will be given to Hampstead residents and/or current members of the Hampstead Natural Beekeepers Association. If there are still slots available after the September 1st deadline, we will admit students from outside the county on a first come, first served basis. We will send an email confirmation of registration on or before August 22. Checks will be returned for those who did not make it into the school before classes begin.

For more information: Email us and please put “Bee School” in the subject line.

Course Outline for 2017 Beekeeping School

[Day 1]: September 16, 2017 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch from 12-1) Bring your lunch.

Starting a New Hive

Speaker: Bob Simon; Journeyman and Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

  • Site considerations: location, neighbors, ordinances
  • Getting your own: package bees, nucs, swarms, buying an existing colony or split (advantages, disadvantages, and cautions of various sources)
  • Installing bees
  • Making or buying a nuc
  • Caring for the bees (more to be covered in Hive Management)
  • The importance of feeding after installation
  • Sources for bees – state certified

Equipment and Frame Assembly

Speakers: Gwenn Colston; Long-time Beekeeper and Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

  • Review of basic equipment and hive parts (bottom boards, hive body, supers, frames, inner cover, outer cover) and what and how they work together; buying vs. building
  • Other equipment (queen excluders, feeders, hive straps, moving frame, staples, mite traps, sugar boards)
  • Plans for making own hive bodies and supers
  • Sources for equipment
  • Frame assembly demo

Pollinator Gardens; Bee Stings

Speaker: Wolf Herrmann; Master Gardener and Beekeeper, Member of Hampstead Natural Beekeepers

  • Honey plants and the principles of planting a bee garden
  • Bee stings: what to expect, how to minimize them, medical responses, and how to treat

[Day 2]: September 23, 2017 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch from 12-1) Bring your lunch.

Biology and Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Individual caste life cycles, duties
  • Hive life cycle (brief intro to what bees do in each season)
  • Communication: pheromones, dancing
  • Brief intro to races

Honey Bee Pests, Diseases, and Integrated Pest Management:

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

  • An overview of the most common pests and diseases of honey bees with an emphasis on the most problematic
  • IPM strategies: resistant breeds, screened bottom boards, proper maintenance, checking population, proper use of pesticides, mechanical controls

Seasonal Hive Management

Speaker: Eric Talley; Master Beekeeper and Senior Coastal Regional Director for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

  • Late winter/early spring
  • Honey flow prep; post honey flow
  • Summer management
  • Fall and winter management

Day 2 will have a review and a written test will be administered to those that would like to obtain the NCSBA Beginning Beekeeper’s Certification. This optional certification requires passing the written exam and a practical field day test held on 9/30/17 (weather permitting.)

[Day 3]: September 30, 2017 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch from 12-1) Bring your lunch.

NCDA Hive Inspections; Expert Beekeeper Panel

Speakers: Nancy Ruppert; Apiary Inspector with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Wolf Herrmann, Bob Simon, and Hampstead Natural Beekeepers’ Panel

  • NCDA hive inspections
  • Open discussion with expert beekeepers

Not a member yet? No problem! Please select an option below!

Student Membership $10 (annually) Please bring valid, current student ID with you to your first meeting. –

Regular Membership $20 (annually) –

Family Membership $50 (annually) –

VIP Membership $100  (annually)–

  • *VIP membership also includes 2 tickets, valued at $80, to our annual Yellow Tie Event!

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