10th Annual Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping Workshop
The Dunn County Beekeepers are presenting an “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping”. The workshop is designed to provide the basic information necessary to start beekeeping in Wisconsin. Participants will be guided through their first year of beekeeping. The workshop is intended for those who have no experience with bees and beekeeping.
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2017 sign in and registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St. N, Menomonie WI 54751
DIRECTIONS: 3 blocks north of the hospital in Menomonie on 21st St.
COST: $48.00 per person which includes meals, breaks, materials and course book. $8.00 for each additional family member, OR $25.00 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth members.
Pre-registration is required.
Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 28, 2017
The registration form is available for download at the bottom of this page or here
Registration is limited to 50 families.
The program is as follows:
Registration, with coffee and treats. Plus meet local Dunn Country Area Beekeepers
Come early and be ready for an exciting day.
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
Welcome to the Dunn County Beekeepers 10th annual Introduction to Honeybees & Beekeeping.
An introduction to the day; the presentation format; location of facilities and a thank you for coming to the Dunn County Beekeepers class.
8:45 Introduction to Beekeeping
This opening session explores the differences in beekeepers from those who are commercial producers of honey or honeybees to home hobbyists and who keep honeybees for pollination and honey production. The presentation includes different hive types for honeybees, as well as different breeds of honeybees.
9:30 The Domestic Honey Bee Colony
Honeybees enter and exit their hives and work among our lawns, flowers, and gardens, but what happens behind that well-guarded entrance to their home? This session examines what life is like inside the hive and what do honeybees really do inside their home?
10:15 Morning Break
Coffee and snacks provided.
10:30 The Domestic Honeybee Hive
Behind the entrance to the hive, the honeybees thrive, but what is needed to make that happen? This session demonstrates what equipment is used to keep a honeybee’s colony in an industry standard Langstroth hive. From frames to wax, bottom boards to inner and outer covers, you will get your chance to examine and assemble the hive components needed for a successful honeybee colony.
11:30 First Year Beekeeping Calendar
What is it like to be a beekeeper, do I have something to do every day? Do I ever get a break? When do I get the honey? Do I get lots of honey? This session is moderated by a recently new beekeeper, learn about the annual beekeeping calendar of what life is like the first year. Experiences from how everything worked better than can be imagined, to those moments where things didn’t quite go as planned, but were new types of learning experience.
12:00 Lunch with Dunn County Beekeepers
Dunn County Beekeepers and visitors from neighboring county clubs will be available to answer questions during the lunch time. Visit with regional and state club members, local vendors and representatives of commercial equipment.
12:30 Starting your Apiary
Ready – Set – go, now that you’re ready to start, now what, how do you start? Is this expensive? Do I have choices here? This session will talk about three ways in which you can become a beekeeper: from buying a complete hive that is ready to bring home and release in your own apiary; the process of starting colonies from packages of honeybees; or small special hives called “nuc’s”. This session will help you decide which way you will be the most comfortable, and get the most enjoyment out of your new hobby.
1:00 Honeybee Management
This session discusses the management of a honeybee colony, from nutrition to integrated pest management. Learning to identify and react to the needs of the colony by the beekeeper is essential to a healthy and productive hive. Pest management is an important and changing role for the beekeeper.
1:45 Round Robin Sessions
4:15 Afternoon Break & Wrap up
Honey & Ice Cream
Next steps -- Dunn County Beekeeper Bee pickup