Webinar Schedule Participant Guide
Tues Jan 12, 2021 from 6:30-8pm Eastern, and every Tues after that until the final webinar on Tues Mar 2 (Note this course is 8 weeks rather than 6).
Please mark these dates and times in your calendar! If you miss the live webinars, the recordings will be posted in the course afterward.
To access the webinars, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in each week of the course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for that webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.
You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted at the top of each week in the course.
Week 1: Getting to Know Bees
Topics covered: Introductions. Overview of our online “campus” (Moodle), course outline, and basic bee biology, roles and jobs. We’ll discuss how to find a queen bee in your hive, what a bee is and isn’t, and finally the importance of having a local experienced beekeeper as your mentor and joining a local bee club.
Week 2: Setting Up Your Apiary
Topics covered: Create a calendar ordering, installing and getting your bees through the summer. Considering in setting up your apiary. “A year in the apiary” – life cycle. Time commitment. Goals and Hive Management Practices. When to order & from whom? Buying versus raising versus swarming a new queen. Timing and starter feeding.
Week 3: Basic Equipment for Your First Year
Topics covered: What do you really need? Styles of equipment. Expenses. Create a budget.
Week 4: Basic Hive Inspection, Part 1
Topics covered: Hive Inspection Protocol. Brood (why is it important and evaluating brood health). Learn to ID honey & pollen storage. Are my bees developing correctly? How much honey do they need to make it through the winter? Do I need a queen excluder?
Week 5: Basic Hive Inspection, Part 2 (What to do when things go wrong)
Topics covered: Hive Robbers. Swarm. Re-queening. Bad temperament & disease.
Week 6: Introduction to Pests & Diseases
Topics covered: Varroa Mites. Protocol options for common pests & diseases.
Week 7: I have honey, now what?
Topics covered: Basics of honey harvesting. Packaging, labeling & storage. What you need to do if you want to sell honey & value-added products.
Week 8: Preparing Your Colony for the winter
Topics covered: Feeding options, evaluation & timing. Bee biology review. Insulation options. Pest protection.