2021 Beekeeping Workshops
Bee Wise Farms offers a variety of workshops for beekeepers looking to improve their knowledge and overwintering success. Below are our 2021 workshops available to the general public. Each workshop will occur at Bee Wise Farms in Newberry, MI and are limited to 20 participants each. All participants will be required to wear a mask and social distance as needed. Please note all workshops take place from 12pm - 3pm. These are in-person workshops with no virtual component.
MANAGING VARROA EFFECTIVELY JUNE 26, 12PM-3PM: Managing varroa mites is the most important thing a beekeeper can do to ensure productive and healthy colonies. From our experience, when beekeepers start taking varroa management seriously their bees start to survive year to year. In this workshop, we will discuss varroa mite biology, impact of varroa on honey bees, how to monitor varroa using the sugar roll and alcohol wash, how to determine when to treat for mites, miticide options, and how to develop a full Integrated Pest Management program for varroa mites.
SUCCESSFUL OVERWINTERING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES: At Bee Wise Farms we are experts in winter bee survival and regularly have winter losses below 10% (often 0%) in some of the most extreme winters in the US. To achieve this, we begin working towards winter survival in July and work through the remainder of the season to ensure our colonies are healthy, stocked with plenty of winter resources, and varroa mites are being effectively managed. In this 3 part workshop series we will instruct you on how to properly prepare your hives to survive extreme winters.
Part 1. July 17, 2021 from 12pm - 3pm: Mid season management - In this workshop we will cover the mid season management you should be doing to ensure your bees are healthy during the most productive time of the season. We will cover mite monitoring methods, action thresholds for mite management, evaluating colony health, and swarm control.
Part 2. August 14, 2021 12pm - 3pm: Late season management - In this workshop we will discuss methods we use in the late part of the season to ensure colonies are ready for winter. August is the most critical month to correct issues and still have time to be prepared for overwintering. We will cover: Late season feeding, evaluating colony strength, combining hives, mite monitoring, late season mite treatments, and queen issues.
Part 3. September 18, 2021 12pm - 3pm: Preparing for overwintering - In this workshop we will cover the step by step instructions for preparing your hive for winter. We will discuss consolidation of resources, evaluating honey reserves, winter set up of the hive, final mite treatments, and what steps to take throughout the winter to ensure survival.
This workshop series is intended for individuals with some beekeeping experience that are struggling to get their bees to survive in extreme northern climates. A basic understanding of honey bee biology is needed to fully take advantage of all of the information we will be sharing with you. If you are looking for a book to brush up on this before working with us we recommend Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Caron and Conner.