Summer 2021 Class Descriptions below or download pdf

Download PDF of Summer Classes 2021
Download PDF of Intro Lectures July & August 2021
 
       
                                         
 

Gift Certificates are available for Winter classes


 

"A Gift of Honeybees is a Gift of Life"

We can mail you a beautiful, personalized gift certificate to give to someone.
We ask an additional $8 to cover the printing, postage and handling,
or I can email a digital one at no extra cost.
 
 
HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz, Hudson Valley - NY

 

Summer Classes 2021


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping 

Learn about the lives of Honeybees. Hear about the current plight of Honeybee colonies, and understand the intrinsic value of nurturing these amazing creatures.  For the general public, gardeners, and wanna-beekeepers.  Includes a visit into an active hive to experience the honeybee community, and a honey tasting.

We are keeping this event small.  Social distancing will be practiced.

$35 per person

Pre-registration is required.  Email [email protected] Or Call 845-255-6113


Sunday, July 25, 10 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday, August 22, 10 am - 12:30 pm


 



Maintaining a Healthy Hive:
Inspecting a Hive & Fall/Winter Prep


We are combining the spring and late summer classes to provide hands-on experience for interacting with your hives, as well as the critical tasks of assessing the strength of your hives as we head towards the end of the bee season.

The mid-summer is a critical time to tend our hives.  It is important that our colonies are strong, as we head towards colder months.  The earlier we address weaknesses the better we can help the bees rally for the winter.  Learn how to clean up hives, and look for problems that might weaken your bees.  

Varroa mite season will be in full swing, just when the winter brood is being reared, so vigilance is important.  It may be necessary to treat your hives for these parasites.  Understand the options available for dealing with these pests in non-toxic ways, and if “treating” is necessary, so a hive doesn’t completely crash, learn about treating hives with organic-based acids.

Learn about the life in the hive during this transitional time.  Understand what you are looking at, and how to judge the strength of a hive.  Prepare for fall and winter, to best nurture the bees and boost their immune systems.  Let us help you think thru your autumn tasks of fortifying your hives, and answer your questions.  
We also cover tightening and winterizing hives.

$80 per person for this 5-hour class

Please note there is a 6 student minimum and 10 student maximum for social distancing, so not all classes will run, and others fill up quickly.  Please sign-up early, and secure your spot with payment in advance.  Bring snacks, since we will work thru lunch time.

Sunday, August 1, 10am - 3pm

Monday, August 2, 10am - 3pm

Sunday, August 15, 10am - 3pm

Sunday, August 22, 1pm - 6pm


 

 

Natural / Organic Beekeeping – Winter Weekend Workshops

2022 in-person classes TBA


This two-day class will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.  

You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities.  This class will provide a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, so you can be knowledgable, loving and confidant beekeepers.  This class will be helpful to beginning and semi-experienced beekeepers.  We can help you obtain bees and we suggest you wait until after the class to purchase your equipment so you have a better understanding of your choices.

Intro to Organic Beekeeping  (Saturday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive and critical aspects of honeybee biology.  We will discuss the tools and equipment involved, elements of site selection, and where you can obtain honeybees.  Understanding certain intrinsic concepts will help you be a better beekeeper.  There is a demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts.

Understanding and Caring For Your Bees  (Sunday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to keep your bees strong.

 

Pre-registration is required.  Email [email protected] Or Call 646-522-7656.
 

Seasonal Class Offerings


HoneybeeLives main classes are the two-day winter weekend workshops
that take place in Brooklyn and New Paltz (in the Hudson Valley).
We do offer a variety of classes throughout the year, supporting beekeepers with knowledge helpful for each season,
as well as informational classes for the general public and kids. You can download a list of our seasonal classes below.
Download Seasonal Classes PDF

Thank you for your interest in HoneybeeLives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


 

 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary



How to Inspect, and Maintain, a Healthy Hive

Learn how to interact with your hive and understand what you are looking at. It is important to recognize healthy brood patterns, as well as signs of problems. Gain a sense of the rhythms of the hive, watching and preparing for swarm season, and a general overview of hives during the main nectar flow. We will also touch on monitoring for diseases and pests, and discuss various mite treatments and timing. Chris Harp will guide you through the inspection process so you can gain confidence working with hives.  (Spring Class)



Maintaining a Healthy Hive: Fall / Winter Prep


The end of summer is a critical time to tend our hives.  It is important that our colonies are strong, as we head towards colder months.  The earlier we address weaknesses the better we can help the bees rally for the winter. Learn how to clean up hives, and look for problems that might weaken your bees.  

Learn about the life in the hive during this transitional time.  Understand what you are looking at, and how to judge the strength of a hive.  Prepare for fall and winter, to best nurture the bees and boost their immune systems.  Let us help you think thru your autumn tasks of fortifying your hives, and answer your questions.  
We also cover tightening and winterizing hives.

Varroa mite season is in full swing, just when the winter brood is being reared, so vigilance is important.  It may be necessary to treat your hives for these parasites.  Understand the options available for dealing with these pests in non-toxic ways, and if “treating” is necessary, so a hive doesn’t completely crash, learn about treating hives with organic-based acids.  (Late Summer Class)


 

Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping

In June and August

Learn about the lives of Honeybees. Hear about the current plight of Honeybee colonies, and understand the intrinsic value of nurturing these amazing creatures. For the general public, gardeners, and wanna-beekeepers.   Includes a visit into a working hive to experience the honeybee community, and a honey tasting.