Knowledge-Building Series

Announcing our Intermediate Level, Knowledge-Building Series for Urban Beekeepers, with Hives for Humanity Chief Beekeeper, Julia Common

This course was designed for intermediate-level beekeepers who want to take their bee knowledge to the next level. We’ll go beyond the basics of keeping bees, and dive deeper into understanding bee behaviour, communications and interactions between you, your bees and the urban environment. These courses will increase your confidence as a beekeeper to interpret colony behaviour and know how, when and why to respond.

Choose a single course that fits your needs, or join us for the entire series. Each 2-hour evening session takes place at the Hives for Humanity Bee Space, and includes  soup + bread to start, followed by in-depth presentations, lively discussion, Q+A periods, course materials, and a field day in the early Summer. Meet other beekeepers in the city and learn how to help your bees thrive – for the health of people and pollinators in the city.

To purchase please visit our online store, via Square. If we are sold out please email to be added to our  wait list.

  1. Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Dialogue: The wonder of the honeybee!
  2. Thursday, February 2 – The Bee Calendar: A year in the life of a colony and its beekeeper
  3. Thursday, February 9 Healthy Bees: what the look, smell, sound and behaviours of bees can tell you
  4. Thursday, February 16 – The Art of Beekeeping: problems and problem solving
  5. Thursday, February 23 – Varroa Strategies: monitoring and management tools + techniques
  6. Thursday, March 2Population Management How + Why: Growth, splits, queens, swarms and harvest

Hives for Humanity Co-founder and Chief Beekeeper Julia Common
Hives for Humanity Bee Space, 580 Powell Street, Vancouver BC – field days to take place at the Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver, BC.
Time: Courses from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (soup served at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:45pm) + one field day (see below)
12 per session
Price: $45 per session or $240 for all six
>> Includes access to one field day in May, June, or July (details TBC)
>> Includes a 30 minute optional phone consultation; in-person hive visits and ongoing mentorship available at a rate of $50/hour
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