Winter 2019 Class Descriptions and Schedule is below. 
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Gift Certificates are available for Winter classes


 

"A Gift of Honeybees is a Gift of Life"

We can send you a beautiful, personalized gift certificate to give to someone.
We ask an additional $8 to cover the printing, postage and handling.
 

Summer 2018

 
Natural / Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic Influence
 

HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz
Hudson Valley, NY


 
              


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping

Sunday, August 26
10:30am - 1pm

 


Learn about the lives of Honeybees. Hear about the current plight of Honeybee colonies, and understand the intrinsic value of nurturing these amazing creatures. For the general public, gardeners, and wanna-beekeepers. Includes a visit into a working hive to experience the honeybee community, and a honey tasting.

$30 per person Pre-registration is required. 
Email [email protected] Or Call 845-255-6113





           


 

FALL / WINTER PREP

The mid-summer is a critical time to tend our hives.  It is important that our colonies are strong, as we head towards colder months.  The earlier we address weaknesses the better we can help the bees rally for the winter.
Learn how to clean up hives, and look for problems that might weaken your bees.  

Varroa mite season is in full swing, just when the winter brood is being reared, so vigilance is important.  It may be necessary to treat your hives for these parasites.  Understand the options available for dealing with these pests in non-toxic ways, and if “treating” is necessary, so a hive doesn’t completely crash, learn about treating hives with organic-based acids.


Learn about the life in the hive during this transitional time.  Understand what you are looking at, and how to judge the strength of a hive.  Prepare for fall and winter, to best nurture the bees and boost their immune systems.  Let us help you think thru your autumn tasks of fortifying your hives, and answer your questions.  
We also cover tightening and winterizing hives.



4 hours.  $60 per person.   (Six student minimum.)  
Pre-registration required, and pre-payment requested to hold a spot in these small classes.   
Please note: Not all classes will take place, and others will fill quickly, depending on enrollment.


MONTH OF AUGUST

Saturday, August 4, 10:30am - 2:30pm

Sunday, August 12, 11am - 3pm

Wednesday, August 22, 11am - 3pm

Saturday, August 25, 11am - 3pm





MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 8,  11am - 3pm

Wednesday, September 12, 11am - 3pm



Please Note:  We only offer online registration for our winter classes

To register for the Fall/Winter Prep class please email: [email protected]
 

Send payment via check to:
HoneybeeLives
133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

 
 

Winter 2019


Natural/Organic Winter Weekend Workshops

 
New Paltz, Hudson Valley

January 19 & 20
January 26 & 27
February 23 & 24


The Commons - Brooklyn

February 2 & 3


This two-day class will introduce students to Natural/Organic 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.  We encourage beginners to take both days to obtain a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, so you can be knowledgable, loving and confidant beekeepers.  These classes can be taken on one weekend, or divided into Saturday one weekend and Sunday another weekend. 


Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring  (Saturday 10am - 6pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. 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 keep your bees strong.



The class fee is $200 per person if taking both days.  Individual classes are $110.

We can help you obtain bees and we suggest you wait until after the class to purchase your equipment so you have a better understanding of your choices.






We have not activated our on-line pay account for the Winter classes.  You can email to be placed on a class list.

 

Seasonal Class Offerings


HoneybeeLives main classes are the two-day winter weekend workshops
that take place in Brooklyn and New Paltz (in the Hudson Valley).

 
We do offer a variety of classes throughout the year, supporting beekeepers with knowledge helpful for each season,
as well as informational classes for the general public and kids. You can download a list of our seasonal classes below.
Download Seasonal Classes PDF

Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


 

 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary