Beekeeping is a fun and interesting hobby that allows you to produce the delicious treat of honey while helping the environment. Learn the basic principles necessary to begin this fascinating hobby. We'll discuss location requirements, how to obtain bees, required equipment, and how to care for your new colony. Also, a basic appreciation of honey bees will be presented to help the beginner understand the 'why' underlying management manipulations. No prior knowledge of honey bees or beekeeping is required. Class is taught by Vincent Aloyo, PhD, Master Beekeeper.
NOTES FOR SPRING 2021
This course, for Spring 2021, is a hybrid course that includes online class sessions and one session on-site at the Temple University Ambler campus.
Tues/Thurs, Feb 2, 4, 16, 18, Mar. 16 and 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, online via Zoom
and Saturday, March 20 from 11 AM to 2 PM (at the Ambler campus)*
*Inclement Weather Date: Sunday, March 21 from 11 AM to 2 PM (at the Ambler campus)
During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will have the opportunity to experience opening a beehive and handling honey bees; examine the hive for all four development stages of honey bees; look for males (drones) and the queen; demonstrate how to determine if the hive is healthy; observe bees returning to the hive with pollen and look for stored pollen and honey in the hive; demonstrate how to feed sugar syrup and pollen substitute and explain why such feeding may be necessary.