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February 2018

Annual Banquet & Auction

February 3, 2018, 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Keller Golf Course, 2166 Maplewood Drive
St. Paul, MN 55109 United States
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$25

Download Registration Form This event is a great opportunity to spend time with other members, and also raise money for the the Furgala Scholarship Fund.
Social hour is at 4:30 - 5:30 pm, and a buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. Auction for the Furgala Scholarship Fund begins at 7:15 pm. Cash bar will serve beer and wine. • Something interesting to share—a honey and mead tasting table will be available. • Items for the auction, including home crafts, baked goods, honey or bee-related…

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Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1 (Getting started in beekeeping)

February 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
U of M Continuing Education Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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$135

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will help you get started in beekeeping. If you have had no prior experience keeping bees in our cold climate, Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Year 1 will teach you everything you need to know for a successful first year. Beekeeping workshops regularly sell out – register early! Topics include: Purchasing equipment and bees Hiving packages Best management practices for keeping bees in urban and…

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Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2 (Keeping bees year after year)

February 25, 2018, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
U of M Continuing Education Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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$110

Need help keeping your bees alive and healthy year after year? If you have taken Beekeeping Part 1, this engaging course is for you. Taught by Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Year 2 will help you maintain healthy bee colonies long term. This class can be taken the same year as Beekeeping Year 1, although we recommend you take it after your first year of beekeeping. Building on…

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April 2018

Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Beyond the Basics

April 7, 2018, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$120

This class is exclusively for beekeepers that have had the following three experiences: 1) successfully wintered honey bee colonies in a cold climate; 2) introduced a new queen into an existing colony; 3) kept bees continuously for two years. In this class we will cover alternative management strategies to successfully winter colonies in northern climates, divide colonies in spring, re-queen colonies in spring and/or fall, and maintain colonies on natural comb. We will not cover honey harvesting and extraction, or…

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July 2018

Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

July 20, 2018, 8:30 am - July 22, 2018, 10:30 am
U of M, St. Paul Campus St. Paul, MN 55108 + Google Map
$295

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Successful Queen Rearing Short Course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the…

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