Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association

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Bee Classes

Beginning Beekeeper Classes 2017


COST: $10 per household - includes a 1 year membership to our club.

The course will be held on the following dates in 2017:

- Tuesday January 17th

- Tuesday January 31st

- Tuesday February 14th

- Tuesday February 28th

- Tuesday March 14th

- Tuesday March 28th

All classes are held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY, and will start as close to 6:30pm as possible and runs to 8:30pm or later.

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Members from our club will be the lead teachers for the course with others doing some of the specialized presentations. The following is the general outline that will be followed:




Here is the class agenda for each night, we may move things around depending on weather and speaker availablity.


Class #1 Introduction, Queen Bee and Nomenclature (January 17, 2017)

· Nomenclature and terms used in Beekeeping
· The Life of a Queen Bee
· Equipment: Woodenware; Frames; Foundation; Smoker
· Protective Clothing
· Nucs
· Mentors

Class#2 Equipment and Life Cycle of the Honeybee Worker (January 31, 2017)

· Life Cycle of the Honeybee Worker
· How to assemble/paint Equipment
· Potential Ordering of equipment
· Questions and Answers

Class#3 Setting up an Apiary (February 14, 2017)

· Placement considerations for Urban and Rural locations
· What Bees need
· Potential Ordering of equipment
· Questions/Answers on assembling equipment

Class#4 Pests and Diseases of Honey Bees (February 28, 2017)

· Diseases and Treatments
· Pests and prevention
· Products of the hive

Class#5 Safety, Extractions, Swarms (March 14, 2017)

· How not to get stung & what to do if you get stung
· Allergy and Anaphylactic shock
· Free Bees
· How to pack and light a smoker

Class#6 Review, Q&A  (March 28, 2017)

· Questions and Mentor introduction
· Graduation


Still have questions? Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.