Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. PLUS: 3 additional OPTIONAL field trips, SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 to help winterize the Trent Apiary, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 and SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th to visit commercial apiaries. All field trips are from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.
Location: Scott House Room 105, Traill College.
Cost: $20 per class (+ HST). Optional field trip on November 18th is $10.00.
This nine week course is designed to stimulate interest in bees, create citizens knowledgeable about bees and their role in our ecosystem and get you started in beekeeping. With a stand-alone topic discussed each week, this basic beekeeping course will cover a wide range of topics from equipment, pollination, and the duties and responsibilities of the beekeeper, to honey and hive products, pests and diseases. The curriculum is designed to be comprehensive, but also dynamic and fun with hands on activities. Together we will work our way through the topics, learning about the colony and its relationship to the environment and the beekeeper. Come and learn how to manage honey bees colonies and you will find a whole community of beekeepers ready to help.
About the Instructor:
An interest in the natural world, particularly the relationships that exist between all living things has drawn Whitney Lake to beekeeping. Honey bees are extraordinary creatures and through teaching others Whitney hopes to instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of these amazing creatures. She completed a Bachelor of Science in the Honours program at Trent University and is now enrolled in the Masters of Education program. In 2014 Whitney founded the Trent Apiary Club, bringing the first hives to the Trent Peterborough campus, and together with Leslie Boileau formed the swarm removal business called the Swarm Sisters. As a hobby beekeeper she understands the challenges and excitement in taking those first few steps towards having your own apiary. Whitney is committed to working in partnership to share information, develop good husbandry and sustainable practices in agriculture. Primarily she believes in a world where we can co-exist with all things on this land.