March 12, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | KSU Field Station 

30-minute lunch break included. | Please bring your own lunch. 

Cost: $125 | Limited to 20 | Registration Portal

Michael Blackwell, operations manager, KSU Field Station

This will be a full-day hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to work with a living honey bee colony. (Working with the living hive is not mandatory but suggested.) We will cover all the basics of honey bee hive management, including identifying the different components of a hive, demonstrations of evaluation techniques, and the manipulation of a live honey bee colony. We will discuss the biology of the honey bee and its importance to agriculture and sustainability.

Topics covered will include: 

  • Principles of Beekeeping
  • The Biogeography of the Honey Bee
  • Equipment and Hive Construction/How to Get Started
  • Honey Bees as Pollinators and Agricultural Sustainability
  • Honey Bee Physiology
  • Nutrition of the Honey Bee
  • Hive Social Structure
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Pests & Predators of the Honey Bee
  • Seasonal Hive Management/Swarm Management and Honey Production
  • Honey Extraction Equipment

All COVID-19 safety protocols and appropriate social distancing will be followed.  Hand-washing items will be available for use.