Full-season Intro to Beekeeping
Are you interested in learning how to keep honey bees? Or, are you a beginner beekeeper who has experienced frustrating challenges such as losing colonies? Entangled Roots is offering a hands-on workshop series that will cover a full beekeeping year from April to October. You will learn how to keep honey bees at an apiary with an experienced beekeeper. At the end of the series, you will have the skills and knowledge to be a confident and mindful beekeeper.
Where: Sunnivue Farm, 27093 New Ontario Rd, Ailsa Craig
When: Six Sunday afternoons from April to October (skipping July); 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $250, full series; or $50 per workshop*
*The workshops will be designed as a series. If you sign up for for individual workshops, please know that we will not be reviewing the materials of previous workshops.
*A very small number of work trades are available. Please email for details.
Dates and Session Topics:
- April 18 – Beekeeping 101:
- Becoming a beekeeper: choosing and setting up your apiary site
- May 30 – All about honey bees
- Basic honey bee physiology and behaviour. Installing a ‘nuc’.
- June 13 – Creating thriving bee colonies
- Honey bee reproduction. Catching swarms and making splits.
- Aug 15 – Raising healthy honey bees
- Colony health: monitoring for and treating pests and pathogens
- Sept 19 – Honey and the products of the hive!
- The basics and benefits of harvesting honey, wax, and propolis.
- Oct 24 – Winterizing honey bees
- Preparing colonies for winter; using the ‘products of the hive’
Throughout the six workshops, participants will learn how to organically-manage bee hives in a gentle way that promotes human and bee flourishing.
To be COVID-safe, spring classes will mostly occur outside and will be limited to 10 participants. This will be reviewed when appropriate.
Instructor: Becky Ellis
“I have been a beekeeper since 2013, mostly in my suburban backyard until expanding in 2020. In 2021 I will manage 25-30 hives across four apiaries. In 2018 I founded the London Urban Beekeepers Collective, which manages 10 shared hives at Boler Mountain. I will receive my PhD in Geography and Environment from Western University in spring 2021. My research focuses on the relationship between people and bees in cities, with an emphasis on the practices of urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening. Through my personal experiences and academic research, I have come to believe that the best way to learn beekeeping is through hands-on experience with a teacher or mentor, which is what inspired me to offer this workshop series.”