NEKBA Beginning Beekeeping Class – 1 of 2

March 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Douglas County Fair Grounds
2110 Harper St
Lawrence, KS 66046
varies - see below
Becky Tipton

Northeastern Kansas Beekeeper’s Association

Beginning Beekeeping Class 2018

for Langstroth Hives

Sundays, March 4th and 11th 

Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., Bldg. 21, Lawrence KS

 K-10 to Harper Street, go north 2 blocks to the Fairgrounds. 

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Dr. Dewey Caron, author of the textbook we will be using, Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping, will present on the 2nd day, March 11th. Dewey M. Caron is a graduate of Cornell University and Emeritus Professor from the University of Delaware. Dewey has received numerous awards and forms of recognition for his teaching and extension work during his career. He has written many books and is one of our favorite guests.

New members will be eligible to win a starter single story hive and a 3-pound package of bees with a queen.
All other registrants will be eligible to win additional door prizes. Drawings will be held on March 11th at the conclusion of the class. You must be present to win.

Each family registration will receive the book: Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping 2nd Edition by Dr. Dewey Caron. Each registrant will receive a set of presentation notes. If you have this book, there will be an alternate choice available.

Sunday, March 4th
12:00-1:00 Registration – Stations will be set up to see how to put together Langstroth style hives
1:00 Introductions of club officers, President Steve Messbarger
1:05-1:50(45) Beeginning with Bees An introduction to the vocabulary, biology, equipment, and some
considerations to be aware of as you begin. Becky Tipton Presents
1:55-2:25 (30) Beekeeping Equipment Learn the proper names for beekeeping equipment. This presentation
will give you a good idea of the different pieces of equipment you need to have to keep bees. Steve Messbarger Presents
2:30-3:20(45) Basics of Installing and Managing for Package Bees and Nucs Find out the various ways you can obtain bees, and the best way to install package bees with their queen. Find out how to take care of your new hive: feeding for growth, when to add the next hive body; when to add honey supers; finally, what to expect your 1st and 2nd seasons. Kristi Sanderson Presents
3:20-3:50(30) Break
3:50-4:35(45) Seasonal Management-Late Summer and Fall Fall management, includes checking your hives
to make sure they have enough bees and food and getting your bees ready for winter. Cecil Sweeney Presents
4:40-5:10-(30) Tips for the Beekeeper Robert Burns will demonstrate how to light a smoker, approach a
hive, open it up; get started on your beekeeping adventure, and safety. Robert Burns presents.
5:15-5:30 Question and Answer Session-All presenters will answer questions

Sunday, March 11th
12:00-1:00 Stations will be set up to see how to put together Langstroth style bee hives
1:05-1:55 (50) The Biology of Bees What you need to know to meet your beekeeping objectives. Dr. Dewey
Caron presents
2:00-2:40(40) Extracting Honey Club members will demonstrate how to remove honey from your hives and
uncap your honey, extract it and bottle it for sale and gifts. Andy Nowachek Presents
2:40-3:10 (30) Break
3:10-4:00 (50) Reading the Brood Frame – Dr. Dewey Caron Presents
4:05-4:15(10) Opportunities for members of the bee clubs. Joli will share our favorite books and
magazines, about our library, other local beekeeping clubs, and more beekeeping educational opportunities. Joli Winer presents
4:20-5:10 (50) Bee MD -Who else is in your hive? Coverage of pathogens and predators that can be found in
your hive. Dr. Dewey Caron presents
5:10- close Question and Answer Session & Drawing for door prizes-you must be present to win, one door prize ticket per paid registration. All presenters will answer questions.

*Program and presenters subject to change

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