Beginner Field Workshop You have your bees, now what?? Learn tips and techniques for using smoker, bee brush and hive tool. Will look into how to work your frames and what to be looking for to determine health of your queen and the colony as a whole. As urban beekeepers, it is important to prevent swarming (to the best of our ability), so you’ll learn what causes swarming , how to prevent, and how to recognize early warnings that a colony is making preparations to swarm. You’ll also get to see what a laying worker colony looks like (we inevitably have a few from queens who didn’t successfully return from mating during our nuc production) and techniques for making it queenright.
Intermediate Field Workshop An overwintered colony requires different spring management than a new colony. Some of the topics covered will include space management in the hive, queen issues (when you might need to replace and how you do that), and splitting a hive (for colony increase, swarm prevention, or as a method of varroa control).
Bonnie Bee & Company was founded by Bonnie and Gary Morse to pursue conservation of our pollinators and provide a local source for bees. Their aim is to breed a local survivor stock in the face of threats against bee populations.
They work to provide reliable support (through classes, private lessons and hive management) for bay area beekeepers.
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY ****Classes beneath minimum enrollment may be cancelled in which case students will be fully refunded. Students who have paid for but cannot attend a class will be refunded only if another student can be enrolled in their place.***