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  • Queen Rearing Course: May 19, 20, 21


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    This spring over the May long weekend Hives for Humanity is pleased to offer a 3 day, hands on queen rearing workshop in the lower mainland. Phil Laflamme will instruct this workshop with assistance from Hives for Humanity’s queen rearing team. Phil has 40 years of queen rearing experience in varied locations such as Alberta, BC, Ontario, Florida and California.

    This introductory workshop on queen rearing will cover the following:
    > Stock Selection: Choosing colony characteristics important to you.
    > Drone Production: Providing an abundance of healthy mates.
    > Raising queen cells: Setting up cell building colonies, grafting.
    > Nucleus colonies: Deciding on a style, stocking with bees, cell introduction, seasonal management.
    > Mated queens: Assessing quality, catching and marking, storage, dequeening and requeening.
    > Over wintering queens in nucs: Having queens and bees available in the spring for colony replacement, apiary expansion, or for sale.

    Participant requirements: minimum 3 years beekeeping experience, comfortable working with bees without gloves; no allergic reaction to bee stings.

    All participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to raise their own queens, making them less reliant on purchasing and importing queens.

    Please note: What to bring: Personal protective gear (minus gloves), your favourite hive tool.
    Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch each day of workshop. Please note there are no restaurants or cafes close by.

    Cost is $325 per person, register online using the link below.

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  • 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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