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Chief Honey Officer Institute

Spring 2016 Beekeeping Classes

 

Beekeeping for Beginners (BB):     6-week class meeting from 6:30 - 8:30pm with an optional day in a beeyard at a later date.  Fee for the beginner's course is $89.00 and includes instruction, instructional materials and light snacks.

 

Beginner Beekeeping Short Course (SC):     Day-long class runs 8:30am - 5:00pm. Fee for the short course is $89.00 and includes instruction, instructional materials, coffee service and lunch. An optional day in a beeyard is provided at a later date.

 

Progressive Short Course (PC):  Day-long class runs 8:30am - 5:00pm. Fee for the short course is $89.00 and includes instruction, instructional materials, coffee service and lunch.   Ideal for beekeepers with 1-5 yrs. of experience. All experience levels welcomed. Curriculum for the day will be determined by participant request of specific subjects to be covered. An optional day in a beeyard is provided at a later date. 

 

NOTE:All classes must have at least 5 participants.

                                           

Course                                          Location                                             Time                           Tuition

Beginning Beekeeping (BB)      

* Mondays

February 22nd - March 28th           SciTech Museum, Aurora, IL             6:00pm - 8:30pm        $89.00

* Thursdays

February 4th - March 10th              Garden Faire, Oswego, IL                      6:00pm - 8:30pm        $89.00

 

Beginning Beekeeping Short Course (SC)       

February 27th                                          Knutson’s Harvest, Newark, IL           8:30am - 5:00pm        $89.00

March 12th                                     Garden Faire, Oswego, IL                  8:30am – 5:00pm        $89.00

 

Progressive Course (PC)  

February 20th                                 SciTech Museum, Aurora, IL              8:30am - 5:00pm        $89.00

March 26th                                     Sci-Tech Museum, Aurora, IL            8:30am  - 5:00pm        $89.00



** Beginning Course **:  Explore a full cycle of a year in a beeyard, you'll learn about the equipment and techniques of beekeeping including:


·         Use of the standard Langstroth beehive and other methods of beekeeping

·         Honeybee biology and behavior.

·         Processes and lifecycle within the colony.

·         Bee health, pests, diseases and integrated pest management systems.

·         Locating hives in your environment.

·         Essential Equipment and beehive construction methods. 

·         Seasonal colony management including installation of bees.

·         Honey and other hive product production.

·         Bee friendly planting and sustainable forage development.

·         Bee clubs, associations, networking and getting the most of available resources.


** Progressive Course **:  Take the next steps to successful beekeeping. This is a very interactive and participant driven course geared to address questions from your first year(s) of beekeeping, share ideas and to improve upon your beekeeping experience. The participants will determine the day’s agenda with emphasis placed on:


·         Reviewing and Sharing Lessons Learned

·         Coming Out of Winter

·         Early Spring Success

·         Tools of the Trade

·         Queens and Queen Rearing

·         Nucs and Their Uses

·         Pests, Disease and Treatments

·         Plants and Hive Product Production

·         Over-Wintering Bees in Our Area

·         Honeybee Biology: An in-depth look at the bees including micro-scopes

·         And Much More


 

RSVP for all classes to Ed Bell, Ed.D. (aka Dr. B.) at 630-303-3775 or DrB@BelfryBees.com.


Opportunity to order bees and equipment for the 2016 season will be available at all classes for an additional cost.


Checks should be made payable and mailed to:

 

Belfry Bees & Honey

82 E. Washington St.

Oswego, IL  60543



Package Bees and Nucs
 
Package Bees:  Three pounds of bees and a mated queen which arrive in a screened cage


Nuc:  The first 5 frames of a hive which included bees at all stages of development with an active laying queen bee with honey and pollen on drawn comb.


Package Bees available on or around 

        April 9th      Cost:   $120.00


    Nucs available on or around May 1st   

Cost:   $150.00 + $10 Deposit on Nuc Box


All sales are first-paid, first-served. 


Checks should be made payable and mailed to:

 

Belfry Bees & Honey

82 E. Washington St.

Oswego, IL  60543

 

 Questions:  Ed Bell, Ed.D. (aka Dr. B.)

630-303-3775

DrB@BelfryBees.com

Honey Is Available

Through Our Partners:

 

· Amy’s Organics                                  815-483-8627

     Plainfield, IL         (Year-round & Farmer’s Markets)

 

· Coffee Drop Shop                               630-845-3255

     Geneva, IL                                           (Year-round)

 

· Emerson Creek                                  630-551-7100 

     Pottery & Tearoom, Oswego, IL (May to December)

 

· Garden Faire Organic                         630-636-9125

    Garden Boutique, Oswego, IL              (Year-round)

 

· Knutson’s Country Harvest                815-695-5595

     Newark, IL                                           (Year-round)

 

· Martin Avenue Pharmacy       Naperville. IL


Norway Farm’s Produce                     815-496-2290

     Norway IL                                  (Farmer’s Markets)

 

· Village Grind, Oswego, IL &             630-554-6678

     Village Grind Too, Yorkville, IL         (Year-round)

 

· Winding Creek Nursery                      630-553-7211

      Millbrook, IL                                      (Year-round)

 

· Windy Acres Farm                              630 232-6429 Geneva, IL            (Year-round & Farmer’s Markets)