TTP Workshops & Courses

Learning beekeeping

Did you know that propolis has antibacterial qualities, that nosema can cause low honey production or that a honey bee queen can lay 1500 eggs in a single day? Learn this and more at the workshops provided by the Tech-Transfer Program.

Workshops Available: 

1. Introductory Beekeeping (Beginner)

2. IPM for Beekeeping (Intermediate)

3. Queen Rearing (Advanced - 3yrs exp+)

Further Advanced Workshops

TTP has a selection of further Advanced Workshops available for established beekeepers. Find the information here.

Dates and Locations listed below descriptions.

Lunch: Provided with registration fee. Coffee and snacks also included.
Each workshop is a separate one-day workshop.
Workshops take place during the months of May and June. No additional workshops will be posted.
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $180 for non-members, $155 for OBA members (tax incl for both)
N.B. Each workshop is limited, on a first come, first serve basis. 
Registration link is located at the bottom of this page. (Scroll Down)
For any Further Questions regarding WORKSHOPS, Please call the TTP Office - 519-836-3609 or EMAIL 
This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Topics include basic honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, working in the bee colony, seasonal beekeeper responsibilities, harvesting and extracting honey and preparing bee colonies for winter. Each participant will receive a copy of the Ontario Beekeeping Manual.
May 6-Port Hope (SOLD OUT)/  May 13-Milton (SOLD OUT)/  May 27-Niagara (SOLD OUT)/  June 3-Alvinston (SOLD OUT)/  June 10-Innisfil (SOLD OUT)/  June 17-Metcalfe (SOLD OUT)/  June 24-Simcoe (SOLD OUT)/  July 8-Thunder Bay (CANCELLED)
This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop or course and/or have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending. Topics include pest and disease biology and identification, monitoring for pests and diseases, record keeping, treatments and integrated pest management. Each participant will receive a copy of the Integrated Pest Management for Beekeeping in Ontario Manual.
(May 7-Port Hope (SOLD OUT)/ May 14-Milton (SOLD OUT)/ May 28-Niagara/ June 4-Alvinston/ June 18-Metcalfe/ June 24-Restoule (CANCELLED)/ July 9-Thunder Bay
“QUEEN REARING” (not for beginners, must have 3yrs experience)
This advanced workshop about rearing queens consists of classroom sessions and demonstrations with hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants are required to have prior beekeeping knowledge and experience in maintaining colonies. Topics include queen biology, methods of rearing queens, preparing a cell builder colony, grafting techniques and care of cells and queens. Each participant will receive a copy of the Ontario Queen Rearing Manual.
(June 11-Innisfil (SOLD OUT))
Participants will need protective gear (hat, veil) and closed toed footwear. Long sleeved, light colored and light material clothing is suggested. Purchasing full bee suits is an option but they tend to be very warm. A simple bug jacket or mosquito veil will suffice. Refillable water bottles are recommended. A notebook and pencil can be handy. Cameras are welcomed.