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We are happy to announce the launch of our Introduction to Beekeeping course which will start Feb 3, 2022.  It will be spaced over 8 weeks, each Thursday.  Sessions will be virtual through Zoom meetings.  The course will also provide you with 4 field trips for inspections and hands on learning this coming season.

Registration will close on Feb 1, 2022

Members of the PEIBA – cost is $100

Non-Members – cost is $125 and this will also buy you membership for one year with PEIBA

Course Breakdown – The following course outline is subject to change.

Session 1  – Feb 3 – 7:30 PM

  • Introduction
  • Starting your beekeeping journey
  • Honey Bee Biology and history
  • Types of bees in the colony and their roles
  • Beekeeping Equipment and Apparel
  • PEI Government – Provincial Apiarist Cameron Menzies
Session 2 – Feb 10 – 7:30 PM

  • The Beekeeper Calendar
  • Setting up your apiary
  • Spring Management
  • Swarm Prevention
Session 3 – Feb 17 – 7:30 PM

  • Integrated Pest Management and medications
  • Pests and Diseases
Session 4 – Feb 24 – 7:30 PM

  • Making Splits / Installing Nucs
  • Buying imported or local Nucs
  • Importing bees and queens
Session 5 – March 3 – 7:30 PM

  • Pollination – Blueberries, Cranberries, Apples, Squash
  • Hive strength and equalization
  • Pollination Expansion Program
Session 6 – March 10 – 7:30 PM

  • Honey harvesting
  • Honey Extraction methods
  • Selling Honey
  • Everything Honey!
Session 7 – March 17 – 7:30 PM

  • Fall management
  • Preparing for Winter
    • Wrapping hives
    • Feeding
    • Medications
    • Insulation
    • Mouse guards
Session 8 – March 24 – 7:30 PM

  • Bumblebee vs Honeybee
  • Intro to Queens
  • About the PEIBA and importance of membership
  • Finding a mentor and the Importance of Mentorship