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April 2019

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Beyond the Basics

April 13, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC-5
U of M Continuing Education Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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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, requeen 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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May 2019

Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics

May 29, 6:00 pm - June 5, 9:00 pm CDT
Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55123
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If you already keep bees, this is the class for you. Join JoAnne Sabin to learn more about bee behavior, hive management, and equipment — beyond the basic woodenware and hive tool. Get the latest news about bee health, swarms and simple queen rearing. Two-part program: May 29 and June 5 (Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm) Use activity number <TBD> to search and view this class on the website.  Contact the organizer for info or to register before the activity number…

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Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics

May 30, 6:00 pm - June 6, 9:00 pm CDT
Century College – East Campus, 3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

This class is for beekeepers who know the basics, who currently are keeping honeybees, and who are ready to learn more about bee behavior, hive management, equipment, bee health, simple queen rearing, and swarms. Bring those questions that have come up as you have been tending your honeybees. Instructor:  JoAnne Sabin. This is a two-part class, meeting Thursdays May 30th and June 6th from 6pm to 9pm.

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July 2019

Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

July 19, 8:30 am - July 21, 10:30 am CDT
Borlaug Hall, U of M St. Paul Campus, 1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
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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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