Getting your hive operation off the ground
Whether you are currently keeping honey bees, or are considering adding them to your farm, a basic knowledge of bee biology, diseases, pests, and setting up your colony are essential for success.
Understanding the difference between a drone, queen and nurse bee, knowing how to site your apiary properly, having a plan for Varroa mites, and knowing effective winterizing techniques will help ensure your hive(s) make it through the winter so you can harvest honey the following season.
This course, taught by experienced beekeepers and NYS Honey Bee Extension educators will give you real-world experiences paired with academic concepts.
Aspiring/Beginner – This course is geared for those who have plans to start keeping bees within the next 1-3 years, or who just got started with bees. Disease and pest issues will focus on the Northeast region of the US, though others will find much of the content useful to their locale.
At the completion of this course, you will:
- Know basic bee biology
- Have management skills to support responsible decision making
- Know what needs to happen with your hives each month of the season
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and ask questions to address your farm issues in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
While we will not offer a live version of this course in 2024, you may enroll to take it on a self-paced schedule. All webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can complete the course on your own schedule.
Laura Biasillo is an Agricultural Economic Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County, in Binghamton NY. Laura focuses on increasing marketing channels for producers, creating education programs to help farmers develop new skills and technologies, and facilitating farmland protection within the county. She and her husband own ~5 acres, have 3 kids , and raise chickens and a garden.
StartWeek 2 Webinar Recording
Start5-min Video: Siting Your Apiary
StartFORUM and ACTIVITY: Siting Your Apiary
StartACTIVITY: Create Your "Year in the Apiary" Calendar
StartBeekeeping Calendar for the Northeast (this resource is already shared in the assignment above)
Start4 minute VIDEO - installing a NUC (Michigan State University))
StartQuiz - Siting Your Apiary & Yearly Calendar