Introductory Hands-on Workshops

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.

Hands-on Spring Workshops Available: 

1. Introductory Beekeeping (Beginner)
2. IPM for Beekeeping (Intermediate)
3. Queen Rearing (Advanced - 3yrs exp+)
 
All Introductory, IPM for Beekeeping and Queen Rearing Workshops are completed for 2017. Dates and locations for 2018 will be posted in March. Registration takes place at that time.
 
Each workshop is a separate one-day workshop.
Workshops take place during the months of May and June.
Lunch: Provided with registration fee. Coffee and snacks also included.
Comes with a manual.
 
“INTRODUCTORY BEEKEEPING”
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.
  
“IPM (INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT) FOR BEEKEEPING”
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.
 
“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.
 
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.
 
FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING WORKSHOPS, PLEASE CALL THE TTP OFFICE - 519-836-3609 or EMAIL ttp@ontariobee.com