2016 Winter Classes for Beekeepers

I am offering three, 2-hour classes. Each class will be offered several times in Jan, Feb, Mar and in different locations.
Every class is $40.00 per student. Payment is required in advance to reserve a seat. Each class will be limited to 15 or 20 students depending on venue. This provides a small atmosphere where individual questions can be answered. Payment must indicate which class is desired and should be mailed to:
Honeybee Keep
POB 1995
Broomfield, CO  80038

1. Introduction to Beekeeping
2. Performing a Honeybee Colony Split
3. Dribbling Oxalic Acid for Mite Control

Introduction to Beekeeping
2/10/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Fort Collins at 4225 Picadilly Dr 80526
2/13/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501
3/02/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Fort Collins at 4225 Picadilly Dr 80526
3/05/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501
Performing a Honeybee Colony Split
1/30/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501

2/17/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Fort Collins at 4225 Picadilly Dr 80526
2/20/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501
Dribbling Oxalic Acid for Mite Control
2/24/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Fort Collins at 4225 Picadilly Dr 80526
2/27/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501
3/12/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Longmont at 1045 Coffman St 80501

Class descriptions:
Introduction to Beekeeping:
Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will spend two hours getting you introduced to the basics of beekeeping. This is intended to get you started in your first year. We cover some vocabulary which is key to functioning in any trade. We'll discuss the honeybees you will encounter. When, how and where to get honeybees. We'll cover hive types along with pros and cons. Tools you will need and use. How to recognize the various types of comb cells. Pests, like mice. And poisons that are all around you.

Performing a Honeybee Colony Split:
Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will discuss the sometimes controversial issue of smoking the bees with slides of splits using no smoke and using smoke. Two split techniques are covered: find the queen and don't find the queen. The timing and motivation for splits is also covered int he context of living with varroa mites.

Dribbling Oxalic Acid for Mite Control:
One of the few substances known to be poison to mites while not poison to honeybees is oxalic acid. The trick is getting the mixture exactly right and applying the substance at exactly the right rate. Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will discuss mixing and applying oxalic acid in a manner responsible for the beekeeper, the bees and the habitat. This class will include some hands-on demonstration with equipment.

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