All classes are scheduled to be held in the Library of the main building at the Bristol County Agricultural High School 135 Center St. Dighton, MA.
This is the course you should take if you are thinking about keeping bees, or if you have tried beekeeping and want to learn more about it or if you are just curious about bees!
The cost is $50 per person which includes a textbook, handouts and a 1-year membership to Bristol County Beekeepers Association. Additional family members who wish to attend the class can do so for $25.00 each. This lesser fee does not include a textbook.
Subjects will include the biology of honeybees, how to acquire your first bees, buying or building a beehive, plants for the bees, diseases and how to treat them, queens, extracting and bottling honey. Colony management and a review of what to do during the four seasons, will give you an idea of what is involved. There will be lots of time for questions and answers, and a chance to talk to people who have just started as well as veterans with 100 hives who can talk about tons of honey.
Classes are held on Tuesdays evening, from 7 to 9 pm with a 15 minute break. There will be a general membership monthly meeting held during the course that students (as new members) are encouraged to attend. If there are cancellations due to bad weather and Bristol Aggie closes, Bee School will be pushed back a week*. The school will also host a field day hive opening on the weekend for a "hands on" demonstration so students can get comfortable working around bees. Scheduling of the field day is weather permitting and usually takes place following the completion of the classroom instruction.
Students will be given the option of being paired up with a “Bee Buddy”. Which is a veteran beekeeper from the club, that can help them continue to learn and experience beekeeping after the course ends.
*If Bristol County Agricultural High school is close due to bad weather, there will be no bee school that night and that class will be rescheduled before the end of the course. Students will be notified via email, the BrCBA website and/or Facebook.
Our next bee school will take place in early September of 2017. Check back in late July / early August for registration information.
All bee school related questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A downloadable version of the course description and weekly classroom outline can be accessed here:
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Fall 2017 Bristol County Beekeepers Association
Beginner’s Beekeeping Course
Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
September dates TBD