Introductory Hands-on Workshops


A note on COVID-19 from TTP:

 
There are currently no plans to cancel or postpone our spring workshops.
 
The situation with COVID-19 is quickly evolving. TTP is monitoring the situation closely and will adhere to government recommendations as they come out. We are maintaining a positive outlook and are hopeful that our workshops will be able to run as scheduled in May and June.
 
We will revisit this decision each day as developments emerge. Should it be necessary to cancel the workshops, full refunds or credits will be issued to registered participants. A full refund or credit will also be issued to participants who do not feel safe/comfortable attending the workshops.
 
We hope you are all staying safe and sane in a 'social distancing' world.
 
Remember that online versions of our workshops are available on Apiology101.com!
 

 
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. Pest and Disease (IPM) Management for Beekeeping (Intermediate)
3. Basic Queen Rearing (Advanced - 3yrs exp+)
 

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Each workshop is a separate one-day workshop.
Workshops take place during the months of May and June, mostly on weekends.
Cost: $180/workshop (tax incl), $155 for members of the OBA
 
***OBA MEMBERS MUST USE CODE 'OBAMEMBER' AT CHECKOUT TO GET DISCOUNT***
 
Lunch: Provided with registration fee. Coffee and snacks also included.
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Comes with a manual.
 
 
“INTRODUCTORY BEEKEEPING”
This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the beeyard. 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.
 
 

Date

Location

May 9thGuelph (Sold Out)
May 23rdHensall
May 30thPort Hope
June 6thCarlsbad Springs
June 13thMerlin
June 20thRichmond Hill
June 27thHolstein

 

To sign up for any of these workshops, click here.

 
“PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) FOR BEEKEEPING”
This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the beeyard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop 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.
 

Date

Location

May 10thGuelph
May 24thHensall
June 7thCarlsbad Springs
June 14th Merlin
June 21stRichmond Hill
June 28thHolstein
July 18thThunder Bay
 

 To sign up for any of these workshops, click here.

 
“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 beeyard. 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.
 
 

Date

Location

May 31stPort Hope
June 19thGuelph
July 19thThunder Bay
 

To sign up for any of these workshops, click here.

 

N.B. 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
 
 
Cancellation Policy: Should it become necessary for you to cancel your registration, a cancellation request must be received in writing via email to ttp@ontariobee.com or by phone @ 519-836-3609. Cancellation requests will be accepted up to the deadline time of 12:00pm noon, ten (10) business days in advance of the event. After that date there will be no refunds. Cancellations will incur an administrative cost of $15.