Our beekeeping series IS BACK!

Thank you to all our beekeeping series participants in 2022. We will post dates for 2023 soon so you can plan to join us for the next cycle.

The UF/IFAS Extension Office in Alachua County has developed a series of short courses that will help you get started as a beekeeper. This series is the 2019 national winner for the Search for Excellence in Commercial Horticulture category by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents!

The 2023 series is comprised of four classes that are strategically scheduled to help you along the way during the first year as a beekeeper. Below, find a brief description of our future classes:

  • Date TBD: Beginner Beekeeping. Six-hour class (Fee: $30 – includes lunch and materials). The class covers principles of honeybee biology, equipment, how to use a smoker, rules to start an apiary, hive inspection, and more.
  • Date TBD:  Swarm Control.  Three-hour class (Fee: $20 – includes refreshments and materials). Before March, strong colonies will prepare to split and start a colony somewhere else (swarm). To avoid losing those bees, this class trains you on how to recognize signs that your colony may be getting ready to swarm and how to make splits properly and timely.
  • Date TBD: Honey Extraction and Hive Management. Three-hour class (Fee: $20 – includes refreshments and materials). As the colony stores resources, you may want to collect the sweet reward of keeping bees. This class will go over how to extract honey, how to bottle and label it, and more.
  • Date TBD: Pest and Disease Management. Three-hour class (Fee: $20 – includes refreshments and materials). The class will go over multiple pests and diseases, reasons for queen loss, and hive nutrition.

These classes will give you the principles and hands-on experience that will help prepare you to take full advantage of Bee College.

New beekeeper learning to select frames for Honey Extraction.

Classes are announced around the 15th of the month before the class thru local TV and newspaper, our website, IFAS Calendar as well as Facebook so you CANNOT miss it! Classes are limited to 30 participants and typically fill up quickly after the announcement. Sign up as soon as you see the class advertisement and take advantage of the early-bird registration. A $10 late registration fee will apply after the cut-off date for each class. Registration closes at noon the day before class. If you would like to receive email notifications about these beekeeping classes, you may join our beekeeping listserv by emailing alachua@ifas.ufl.edu (subject:add me to beekeeping litserv). You may also follow us on Facebook @FarmingAlachua.

Each class has an individual registration link thru Eventbrite that goes live around the 15th of the month before the class. Classes take place on Saturdays at the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab located at 1881 Natural Area Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611 (the building with yellow hexagonal windows 🐝).

These classes are brought to you as a collaboration between UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, and volunteer local beekeepers.

Other beekeeping educational activities you may be interested in include:

More than 400 people have participated in this series. Come and join us!

Participants of Pest & Disease Management Class

For more information contact: tatiana.sanchez@ufl.edu

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Posted: December 15, 2021


Category: Agriculture, Crops, Events, Horticulture, Livestock, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Beekeeping, FarmingAlachua, HBREL, Honey Bees, UF/IFAS Extension


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