May 30, 2017
Ross Conrad at Sterling College
Sterling College, Craftsbury Commons, VT | Ross Conrad
Pollinators, Beekeeping, and Products from the Hive: In this five-day course, farmers, hobbyists, and landowners with interests in pollinator conservation and beekeeping will learn the context and skills to support beneficial insects and native pollinators, as well as to cultivate happy, healthy, productive honeybees. The course will also cover how to partner with your bees, add value to their products and create additional bee-related revenue streams. The first two days of this workshop are led by the Xerces Society’s Jarrod Fowler, who will teach best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators and other beneficial insects, assessment and design of habitat, and tools to increase and enhance their diversity. During days three and four, class sessions will be led by Ross Conrad, who will focus primarily on the benefits and mechanics of small scale and backyard beekeeping. We will cover fundamental topics and practices for natural and organic beekeeping including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; presence and mindfulness in the bee yard; and non-toxic pest and disease control. On our final day together, we will learn about an array of value added products from the hive, including pollen, propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, honey bee larvae and beeswax products. We will also try our hands at beeswax rendering and candle making. This is a hands-on exploration of pollinators and bees, punctuated with pollinator identification walks, an open hive demonstration and, weather permitting, ample opportunity for students to work with bees.
May 30 - June 3, 2017
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