Fall/Winter Preparations course

Who is this course for?

Do you know how to properly and effectively prepare your hives for the cold winter months?

Preparing your hives for winter properly will increase their survival success and your confidence as a beekeeper.

One of the keys to successful beekeeping is learning how to anticipate their needs at least one season before they need them…and taking action to make those needs a reality.

So if you have more winter losses than you would like or have no clue how to properly prepare them the best way possible for the harsh wet/cold winters, then you’re in the right place!

After the fall frost kills the remaining wildflowers there won’t be any more sources of nectar or pollen for several months. I’ll show you exactly what you need to do for the best results.

The Fall/Winter Preparations course covers but is not limited to:

  • Varroa treatments
  • Available fall forage
  • Winter stores: how much honey, pollen and brood do they have?
  • How bees cope in order to survive the winter months
  • Quilting boxes and in-hive feeding
  • Honey storage
  • Cleaning and organizing unused equipment
  • Preparing equipment for the upcoming spring
  • Future plans: what are your goals or what should they be for next year?
  • Winter observations and hive activities to know about
  • Varroa mite assessment & treatment

Learn more about my teaching style here…

There will also be time for discussion and questions in order to give you the most out of this course. The key focus will be how to assess and setup your hives for a successful winter.

There will be refreshments available as well as information handouts to take home with you.

*Please NoteFor legal reasons and the stinging nature of honey bees, a waiver must be signed in order to participate in this and any other course offered. The registration & waiver forms can be downloaded here.

*Complete each form and email to: jonathanhargus@thebeekeepingmentorgmentor.com

*Costthe cost is $40 per person OR $75 for a couple (note that through Paypal, you will need to pay full price for 2 people and $5 will be returned to you during the course). Classes will be run from 2:30-4:30pm (2 full hours) on the available calendar dates below. Each class hosts a maximum of 6 students only! Each class hosts a maximum of 6 students only! Payments can be made at any time to book your preferred date. Courses that are marked full have already been paid in full and reached the maximum 6-student limit.

Fall/Winter Preparations

Join me at my Home Apiary for an in-depth, hands-on course in preparing your hives for the best, successful winter!


*Gear & EquipmentProtective veils with lightweight vests will be provided. Feel free to bring your own protective clothing. Long sleeves and gloves are recommended but not required. Please do not wear any colognes, perfumes or strong deodorants that day (don’t worry, we won’t judge).

*Classes will be held either on a Saturday or Sunday. See available course dates below!!

*Important information to know before your arrival…MUST READ HERE.

2020 Calendar dates for the Fall/Winter Preparations course:

  • 5th September (5 of 6 spots available)
  • 12th September (5 of 6 spots available)
  • 10th October
  • 18th October
  • 25th October

Looking for some one-on-one guidance?

Click below to find out more about my personal mentor-ship program. That’s right! I come to your apiary with the specified limits and guide you through WHATEVER bee stuff you need help with…

Email me from my Contact Page for more details and/or to book a class!

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