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Advanced Courses

This page will list courses that are appropriate for beekeepers who have already taken some stings!

2015

Queen Rearing & Nucleus Hives. Saturday May 30, 2015, 10am-4pm

This class will focus on the grafting method of queen rearing. Students will get hands on experience, learning under what conditions the best queens are produced and mated. We will spend some time in the classroom as well as in the teaching apiary (hosted by Shady Apply Goats, 29 West Mill Road, Flourtown, PA 19031). Instructor: Jeff Eckel of Instar Apiaries, has been keeping bees in Philadelphia for over eight years. He is a chemical free beekeeper that specializes in queen rearing and nucleus colonies. $75. Contact jeff@instarapiaries.com or 215.350.7846 to register.

Beginning and Intermediate Beekeeping. 4 Saturdays: April 4, May 2, May 16, August 1, 2015, 1-3pm.

Topics include: ideal apiary locations, hive types (Langstroth, top bar, etc.), equipment, package installation, queen acceptance & quality, pests & diseases, swarm prevention, splitting colonies, robbing, combining colonies, and getting hives ready for winter. Classes will be outdoors in the apiary (hosted by Shady Apply Goats, 29 West Mill Road, Flourtown, PA 19031); veil and protective clothing recommended. Instructor: Jeff Eckel of Instar Apiaries, has been keeping bees in Philadelphia for over eight years. He is a chemical free beekeeper that specializes in queen rearing and nucleus colonies. 4 CLASS SERIES – $145.00. Contact jeff@instarapiaries.com or 215.350.7846 to register.

Chester County Annual Seminar Saturday, March 14 9am-5pm at West Chester University

Beginner and Advanced Sessions are held at this popular event.  Frequently sells out early – reserve your spot now.  More information may be found at: www.chescobees.org

Advanced Session speakers this year are Tom Seeley and Michael Palmer.

Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a professor in the Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honey bee colonies. In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the behavior and social life of honey bees and has been summarized in three books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).

Michael Palmer operates French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, VT where he produces honey, raises queens, and sells nucs. He has spent years developing his “sustainable apiary” program at French Hill Apiaries, cultivating stock hardy to his northern environment and perfecting the use of over-wintered nucleus colonies.

2014

Chester County Annual Seminar March 15

Beginner and Advanced Sessions are held at this popular event.  Frequently sells out early – reserve your spot now.  More information may be found at: www.chescobees.org

2013

Delaware Valley College:  to register, email conteddelval.edu or phone 215-489-4848

Queen Rearing (course APR 110 002; $150)

Learn how to raise your own queens using the Cloake Board method.  This 2 day course will provide both theory of queen rearing and hands-on practice.  Each student will be provided with a queen cell bar frame, plastic queen cups and a Chinese grafting tool.  Successful grafts will be made available for students to take home.  Saturday and Sunday May 11-12, 2013.

Temple University, Ambler Campus

Queen Rearing $190 (http://amb-hercules.ftwash.temple.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13C8058)
Learn how to raise your own queens using the Cloake Board method.  This 2 day course will provide both theory of queen rearing and hands-on practice.  Each student will be provided with a queen cell bar frame, plastic queen cups and a Chinese grafting tool.  Successful grafts will be made available for students to take home.  Saturday and Sunday May 18-19, 2013.

A NATURALIST’S APPROACH TO BEEKEEPING

Winter Weekend Organic Beekeeping Workshop

Held at The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn, NYC
February 2 & 3, 2013
This two-day class will introduce students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities.
$200 per person. (individual days are $110)

Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring (Saturday 10am – 6pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. This class introduces students to a nurturing way of beekeeping, and a philosophy of respect and love for these amazing creatures. There is a hands-on demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts to help new beekeepers.

Understanding and Caring For Your Bees(Sunday 10am – 6pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to help keep your honeybees strong.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED. Email HoneybeeLives@Yahoo.com.
Or Call 845-255-6113  Visit our website www.HoneybeeLives.org for more info on our approach to beekeeping.  Visit www.TheCommonsBrooklyn.org for other interesting program
Instructors:  Chris Harp and Grai St. Clair Rice

EASTERN APICULTURAL SOCIETY – SHORT COURSE – WEST CHESTER, PA AUGUST 5-9, 2013  see  easternapiculture.org  for details as they develop!

2012

NATURALISTIC BEEKEEPING
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:      Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA
(located across from the Promenade Shops)
What: Meet and hear presentations by honeybee experts and
beekeepers
Who: Ross Conrad, respected author and naturalist in beekeeping;
Dr. Diana Cox Foster, Entomology Professor for Penn State;
Warren Miller, President of the PA State Beekeepers Assoc.
This presentation is for new and experienced beekeepers as well as anyone
interested in learning about nature and our environment.
Bring your friends and fellow beekeepers. Register early to guarantee a
seat.
For more information, visit the LVBA website:
www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org

Queen Rearing Course at Temple Ambler

Master Beekeeper, Vincent Aloyo, PhD

Taught by

This two-day course will include grafting larvae, the Cloake board method of queen
rearing, and the use of mating nucs. Hands on experience with grafting will complement
lectures on queen rearing and queen breeding. Each student will receive a queen bar
frame, plastic queen cell cups, and a grafting tool; if successful, the student may have
queen cells to take home nine days later.

The course will take place the weekend of June 9-10, 2012. Registration is limited to 12
students.

To register, please go to:

http://amb-hercules.ftwash.temple.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=12C8058

Questions:
Contact Vincent Aloyo, 610-278-1621

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