Sat, May 18
8:00am - 12:30pm
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Level Two: Apprentice Beekeeper The Apprentice Beekeeper class will focus on hive health and management. This includes information on how to check the health of your hive, how to monitor for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations. The Midwest Master Beekeeper certification program...
Saturday May 18th, 8am - 12:30pm
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements. The Midwest Master Beekeeper certification program consists of six levels: Beginner Beekeeper Apprentice Beekeeper...
Saturday Jul 13th, 8am - 12:30pm
You got your bees through the winter, now what do you do? Learn to manage your bees in the erratic spring weather and avoid a swarm. You will have an opportunity to view live hives.
Learn to install a package of bees and a nuc colony. View a live bee installation demonstration, including a step by step on the installment process and troubleshooting. A bee suit is required to participate.
In this class, you will learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores. There will also be plenty of time for questions at the end.
In this class, we will discuss the ecology and biology of honeybee swarming. We will also cover how to make and use bait-boxes, where to start hunting for feral bees, and how to get them to stay put once you have them.
Learn to identify some of the pollen and different nectar plants your bees are using to make honey in northern Illinois. How weather and other factors affect the taste of the honey will also be covered. There will be a small honey tasting at the end of class.
In this live demonstration class, learn how to make and assemble boxes and other various hive equipment. Wil will go over different cuts, how to source materials, and how to prepare recycled sources. Ear protection will be provided.
Going through your beehive can be confusing if you don't know what you are looking for. Join Wil Pilipauskas to learn how to inspect a colony and tell what’s happening, how to find the queen, and how to identify many other things going on in a beehive. All participants are required to bring their own bee-suit. No extra suits will be available...
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This class will address how make your apiary more self-sufficient, the importance of working on and improving your own local stock, how to make bees from your own bees, selecting your own stock, increasing your hive count, marketing your products, making your own equipment, and a few introductory methods of queen-raising.
Join us for this full-day program and learn about the history of beekeeping in North America, the anatomy and physiology of the bees including the caste system, and duties of the honeybees. We will also discuss the impending disaster of the honeybee—Colony Collapse Disorder—and what we can do about it. Lunch is on your own.
You likely know the sweet taste of honey and are acutely aware of the importance honeybees in the world for pollination. What you may not know is how absolutely fascinating the history, life, and inner workings of a hive colony are. Experience hive products, and become familiar with beekeeping equipment and details of how honey is produced hive-to-table....
Four days of yoga, music, camping, wisdom talks, beekeeping classes, slacklining across the 2-acre pond, late night fireside gatherings, and joyful community. Step away and stretch out among blissful, like-minded yogis, musicians and activists. Learn from talented yoga teachers, hear vibrant, multi-hued musical performances and take classes in everything...