There is no dispute that our honey bees are threatened in today’s toxic environment but that fact is equally true for our native pollinators as well.
It is important to become aware of our local ecology in order to better protect everything in it.
In this course, we will observe available foraging plants that are blooming throughout the year and observe which ones offer forage for our honey bee hives.
Who is this course for?
Did you know that having local plant knowledge is HALF of being a successful beekeeper?
In short, every beekeeper! Do you know the difference between incoming nectar and a honey/nectar flow? Are you aware of which plants contribute to the blend of honey in your harvest? Do you know WHAT blooms, WHEN it blooms and for HOW long?
This course is for anyone who wants to ‘up their game’ in the arena of beekeeping. By knowing and understanding the seasons and what foraging plants offer for your bees, you can rest assured that you’ll have a 6th sense when it comes to knowing the condition of your hives without even looking inside of them.
In the Foraging Plant Identification course you will learn:
- What plants offer nectar and/or pollen from month to month
- The difference between incoming nectar and a honey/nectar flow
- When to expect certain plants to become available to your bees
- We will identify plants like: Maple, Willow, Tulip Poplar, Blackberry, Wild Clematis, Cherry, Gill-over-the-Ground, Dandelion, Jewelweed, Sourwood and much more.
- You will know when to expect a honey/nectar dearth (and what that means for you and your bees)
- You will learn to assess your own area and what it has to offer
- You’ll know what pollen your bees are returning with
- Which blossoms the rain affects and which they do not
- You will understand if a seasonal bloom has been cut short or extended according to the weather
- How to assess colony strength by front-hive entrance observations
- And so much more!
Bonus! As an extra special treat, we will have a honey tasting either from honey that has already been harvested and/or straight from the hive itself.
*Note: Depending on the time of year you join this course, we will identify what’s blooming at that time. Each month is different and each unique.
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 identify plants that offer nectar and/or pollen, when they bloom with focus on learning about incoming nectar vs. a honey/nectar flow.
There will be refreshments available as well as information handouts to take home with you.
*Please Note: For 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Cost: the 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.
Forage Plant Identification Course
Join me at my Home Apiary for an in-depth, hands-on course for identifying the plants that feed our bees PLUS this BONUS... a Honey tasting you will not soon forget!!
*Gear & Equipment: Protective 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 Forage Plant Identification course:
- 15th March
- 29th March
- 19th April
- 26th April
- 17th May
- 24th May
- 13th September
- 20th September
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