Did you know that propolis has antibacterial qualities, that Nosema ceranae 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.
The Spring 2014 OBA TTP Beekeeping workshops are now completed. 2015 Workshop dates will be posted the first week of March, 2015.
Introductory Beekeeping, Beekeeping & IPM and Introductory Queen Rearing
Lunch: Provided with registration fee. Coffee and snacks also included.
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
N.B. Each workshop is limited, on a first come, first serve basis.
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.
“BEEKEEPING AND IPM (INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT)”
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.
“INTRODUCTORY QUEEN REARING”
This queen rearing workshop 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.
Participants will need protective gear (hat, veil) and closed toed footwear. Long sleeved, light colored and light material clothing is suggested. Full bee suits tend to be very warm. Refillable water bottles are recommended. A notebook and pencil can be handy. Cameras are welcomed.