Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association
Beginner's Beekeeping Class
Sunday, March 21, 12:30pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, March 28, 1pm to 5pm
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence Ks
Fee: Members - $5.00
Non-members $20.00 includes one year membership
Each paid registration will receive a notebook filled with information on beekeeping. It will also include a chance to win several door prizes. Each paid registration will receive one door prize ticket. The prizes will include a starter single story hive, a three pound package of bees and other prizes. You must be present to win.
Directions: Take K-10 to Harper Street; go north two blocks to the fairgrounds. We meet in the first building on the right, which is the 4-H building. There are no stairs. Harper Rd is on the east edge of town and there is a directional sign to the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Sunday, March 21st
Basic Equipment, tools to use, clothing, woodware. Learn the proper names for beekeeping equipment. This presentation will give you a good idea of the equipment you have to have to keep bees. Robert Burns, Larry Coppinger and Willis Goodger presint this.
Ways to Aquire Bees-Packages, buying established hives, catching swarms. Our speaker, Sid Oxandale, will discuss all of the different wqys you can get started in beekeeping from buying packages of bees, to catching swarms, to purchasing established colonies. He will demonstrate how to install a package of bees.
Location, Location, Location - where to put your bees and why! Joli Winer
Honey Bee Biology, Joli Winer will show slides of how bees make wax, bee body parts, how long it takes bees to develope from egg to adult and the different jobs the bees have in the hive, just the basics!
Honey Plants, Bees and the use of Pesticides, Ray Morgan will talk about some of the local plants that mkae great honey crops and what to plant to increase your honey yield. He will also talk about which pesticides are harmful to bees and the best time of day to spray, etc. If you have a garden of a few fruit trees this talk will be helpful to you.
Odds & Ends Becky Tipton will talk about books, videos, and magazines that are available. There will also be a question and answer session.
Extra Curricular Activity: Those who can stay later are welcome to help assemble the beehive that will be given away at the conclusion of the workshop on March 28th. You will learn techniques for putting frames togerther and the foundation in the frames. You will also put the hive and bottom board together. Robert Burns presents this with the help of others.
Sunday March, 28th
Seasonal Management - Spring Getting your bees ready for the honey flow - spring management, which includes requeening your hives and making splits & supering.
Seasonal Management, includes checking your hives to make sure they have enough bees and food and getting your bees ready for winter. Cecil Sweeney presents this.
Break and Honey Tasting, taste local honey and honey from around the country and the world.
Bee Diseases & Pests presented by Gary Ross, retired Kansas Beekeeping Inspector. Gary will show the various diseases and pests that can affect the life of your hive. He will also talk about treatments.
Now You Have Honey in Your Supers - How Do You Get it Out? Extract It! Speakers Ron Ward and Steve Marino will demonstrate how to uncap your honey, estract it and bottle it for sale and gifts.
Producing Comb Honey, Beekeeper, Kristi Sanderson, produces beautiful comb honey. In this presentation she will discuss how to get your supers and frames ready to produce comb honey and she will cut some comb honey that you will all get to taste. Some people prefer comb honey over extracted honey but you can do both!
Money In, Money Out - Beekeeping Economics (the very short course). President Becky Tipton will present this. She covers such topics as labeling your honey, setting a fair price, where to sell it and other products to sell and record keeping.
Question and Answer Session & Drawings for Door Prizes