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Spring is the best time to start a beehive, and taking a beekeeping class is the best way to avoid experiencing the dreaded hive collapse caused by varroa mites.
We have two dates this year for the beekeeping class. We still have room for the Sunday April 24, 2022 12:00-3:30 pm class at the Delano Community Meeting Room located in the upper level of the Delano Heritage Center at 140 Bridge Avenue East Delano MN 55328 - also known as the "old library"
The class on Saturday 4/23 12:00- 3:30 pm is at Voyageur Environmental Center (700 County Road 15, Mound MN 55364) is sold out so we are offering the second date now on Sunday.
Terms: class is non refundable after 4/10/2022 The course will be taught by Brian Fredericksen, owner and founder who established Ames Farm in 1994 and has kept honeybees for over two decades.
The course is indoors and is designed to give you an overview of the following:
History of Beekeeping
Disease & Pests of the Honeybee
Year Around Apiary Management
Queen Bee Rearing
Honey Selling & Marketing
As part of this 3.5 hour beginner beekeeping class , you will receive a handout of the course materials and references. Hive ware and beekeeping equipment will be on hand for your inspection.
After the course a half hour will be available to discuss your equipment needs. There will be some bee supply catalogs available to look over. We recommend Mann Lake or Dadant & Sons as the two best beekeeping supply houses. Check out our Beginning Beekeepers Starter & Equipment Guide for additional information.
Buy the class and add a starter hive called a nuc and save money. The bundle includes one of our 4 frame nucs we sell separately for $175 so you are saving $20 when you buy the bundle. Click here for more info on the 4 frame nucs.
To purchase the bundle select the option Beekeeping Class and Nuc Bundle in the pull down menu .