- 2018 Beginner Beekeeping Class-Closed Beginner Beekeeping Series at Wickiup Hill, Toddville, IA Join us for this beginner series designed for individuals serious about becoming a beekeeper. This series will walk participants through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive to harvesting the honey produced. This is an in-depth, total immersive learning experience. Classes will be held at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center and taught by taught Erin Miller and Shane Bixby, Certified Master Beekeepers UMT. To keep up with demand, two series of beginner classes are now being offered. Choose Monday or Friday nights.
Class Times for 2018 Beginner Beekeeping Monday Night : Times 7-9pm Monday January 22nd Monday February 5th Monday February 19th Monday March 5th Monday March 19th April 2nd August TBD Extraction Monday August 27th
Class Times for 2018 Beginner Beekeeping Friday Night : Times 6-9pm Friday January 19th Friday February 2nd Friday February 16th Friday March 2nd August TBD Extraction Friday August 24th Class Cost: $100.00 Individual or $150.00 Couple (you and your spouse/friend, shared materials) Fees Cover: classes, informational handouts, support: online/mentoring/phone line and if necessary hive inspection by an instructor at your location. This program is a comprehensive beginning beekeeping class. It is recommended starting two colonies of bees. The cost is approximately $800 -$1000 for 2 hives, equipment, and bees. Beekeepers usually devote 2 hours weekly to working in their apiaries April-September, with several additional hours in the early spring and fall. Disclaimer: Check with your local government to see if you can legally keep bees before doing so. For any additional information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Bee Classes Space is limited.
2018 Beyond Basics Advanced Beekeeping Class -Closed This two day class is designed for the experienced beekeeper (we recommend 2+ years of experience) that is looking to take the next step in their beekeeping journey. We will cover advance hive management, nutrition and why it matters, biology, controlling and treating for varroa mites what works or doesn't work and why, swarm catching, in-depth disease and pest review, products of the hive beyond honey, and other beekeeping services. Due to time restraints and out of respect of fellow students the instructors will not be able to cover basic beekeeping questions in this class. Space is limited.
Location: Class will be held at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville, IA. Date: March 3-4, 9 to 3. Cost: $75.00 per person
2018 Queen Rearing Class-Closed Would you like to rear your own queens? This two day in-depth queen rearing course teaches methods used by both the hobbyist and commercial beekeepers. We will cover queen and done biology, genetics, timing, mating yards, grafting (hands on), and non-grafting alternatives, along with queen marking. A solid beekeeping foundation is necessary. Due to time restraints and out of respect of fellow students the instructor will not be able to cover basic beekeeping questions in this class. Instructor Erin Miller Certified Master Beekeeper UMT. Space is limited to 10.
Location: Class will be held at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville, IA. Date: June 23-24, 9 to 3 Cost: $75.00 per person