This class will be held at our Training Center (directions below) Central time. Registration required. No walk-ins. Please arrive no earlier than 15 min. prior to class. Our store will be open after the class (note: we have a cash/check policy in store, credit card only if necessary).
This class teaches Langstroth hives; however regardless of the kind of hive you are going to use: top bar, warre, or flow hives--basic skills, knowledge, pests & disease information, and basic inspection techniques are the same. All beginners are welcome. No skill level required. It is the first class in a series of 3 that we recommend you take: 1. Beginners, 2. Day in the Apiary, and 3. Getting Your Bees Through the Winter--this is a combined total of 12 1/2 hours of training. If you need a certificate for your village or municipality, please let us know and we will have one ready for your at the end of the class.
PLEASE NOTE: You will receive detailed information via email with dates, times, etc. Please register with a valid email. Check your spam box if you have not received our email at least 2 weeks prior to the class.
ABOUT THIS CLASS Taking a beekeeping class can make the difference on how well your bees survive the challenges of the 21st century. Keeping bees today is not like it was 30 years ago. Today's beekeeper must be educated and armed with the knowledge and skills for better beekeeping.
Our basic classes are very thorough. You'll learn about basic honey bee anatomy, biology, bee stings, honey and other resources from the hive, common pests and diseases such as how to deal with varroa mites, hive equipment and how to use each piece, seasonal management, how to harvest honey, how bees make honey, wax, and what they do with propolis. This class will inform you of the important role honey bees play in pollinating our food and how honey bees are vital to a self-sustainable lifestyle. Learn from EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns as he guides you through the entire process of keeping honey bees. He'll show you how to install a package of bees, how to inspect a hive, what to look for and how to manage your colonies for maximum honey production. (Check on legal issues, registration and permits through your local town board, and your state Department of Agriculture).
You may cancel a reservation up to 10 days prior to the class; after that there are no refunds for cancellations.
ORDER AND PICK UP YOUR STARTER KITS THAT DAY
You can place orders for hives and equipment for pick up the day of your class. You will receive a discount coupon in your email for picking up your order one on the day of your class--you must present coupon to receive discount. Place your orders at least 10 days prior to the class.
This class will be held at our Training Center located at 14556 North 1020 East Road, Fairmount IL 61841. Please follow these directions (some GPS units do not work for our location). Off I-74, take the Oakwood Exit 206. Go south into town, to 2nd stop sign (Catlin-Homer Rd). Turn left onto Catlin-Homer Rd., going down two country roads to 1020 East. Turn left, go down another 1/4 mile until you see our signs. If you need hotel information, we suggest either the Best Western in Danville (217-431-0020) Holiday Inn at 217-442-2500 or our own Sleepy Creek Vineyard at 217-733-0330 (only about 2 miles away).