Learn to keep bees.


LIBC Beginner Beekeeping Classes


Beekeeping 101: January 25th, 2020
A class designed for new beekeepers with limited to no experience. Topics will include: Members of the hive, Honey bee biology and life cycle, Package bees vs. nucleus colonies and installing in equipment, Bee diseases and pests, Record keeping, Good neighbor policy, The beekeeping year (key milestones). The book is The Beekeeper's Handbook and is included in the price. Instructors are Long Island Beekeepers Club members. There will be time allotted to ask questions in the “break out” sessions.
The class will be held at the Brush Barn in Smithtown. Doors open at 8:30, and instruction will start at 9:00am with the day ending approximately 2:00 pm. Coffee and bagels will be available.  Bring a bag lunch if you desire.
Attendees must be members of the Long Island Beekeepers Club. Club dues are $35 per year. Class price is $50. Pay by PayPal or send a check made out to LIBC to: Grace Mehl, 24 Mobrey Ln, Smithtown, NY 11787.
First come, first served. Space is limited.
Beekeeping 102: February 15th, 2020
A class designed for beekeepers with at least 1 or 2 years of experience but, who want to further their education. Topics include: Spring Management/Readiness, Varroa Monitoring and treatment, Swarm prevention and bait boxes, Queen evaluation and replacement, Making splits and nucs, Supering for nectar flow and honey harvesting, Why did I lose my hive?, and the Beekeeper's year. The recommended book for this class is Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey Caron. This book is not provided and not mandatory, but recommended to further your beekeeping knowledge. Instructors are Long Island Beekeepers Club members. There will be time allotted to ask questions in the “break out” sessions.
The class will be held at the Brush Barn in Smithtown. Doors open at 8:30 and instruction will start at 9:00 am, with the day ending approximately 2:00 pm. Coffee and bagels will be available. Bring a bag lunch if desired.
Attendees must be members of the Long Island Beekeepers Club. Club dues are $35 per year. Price for class is $40. Pay by PayPal or send a check made out to LIBC to: Grace Mehl, 24 Mobrey Ln, Smithtown, NY 11787.
First come, first served. Space is limited.





Choices





In addition to the above one day classes, there are several education opportunities available taught by some of our Master Beekeepers. They are in different locations and formats, and for different stages of your beekeeping journey. These will be posted on our website also, once details are set. Here's what is available:

Classes for New Beekeepers


Moira Alexander's Beekeeping 101 class will be starting this September for new beekeepers who are hoping to begin their beekeeper journeys come the Spring of 2020.
Class will meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. First class will be September 3rd. Meetings will be once a month on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The address for your GPS is 1725 Brentwood Road Brentwood, N.Y. 11717. Enter the grounds and follow the signs that say GARDEN. Classes will be in the barn which is considered Building 1. and called "the Honey House". We will cover everything you need to know to get you started as a new keeper of bees.....
Requirements....
-You must be a member of the LIBC... $35
-Please buy a yearly subscription to Bee Culture...$24
-Purchase Beekeepers Handbook 4th Edition - D. Sammataro... Amazon $22
-Read Chapters 1&2 prior to the first class
-Bring a note book or binder to class for note taking and handouts
-Class fee is $125 for 11 sessions
-Please bring a check to first class.....
Contact me at Ramoi@aol.com...Please write BEE CLASS in the memo line.
Programs Director LIBC
EAS Master Beekeeper
Moira Alexander
631 265 8249
Ramoi@aol.com

Deborah Klughers is a certified Master Beekeeper through Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, will be teaching a beekeeping class this winter in East Hampton, NY. The level of interest and beekeeping experience will determine if this will be a beginner or intermediate class. Please email debbie@bonacbees.com for details and be sure to follow Debbie on Instagram “bonacbees” or on Facebook “Bonac Bees” for up to the minute class and general honey bee information. Questions? Call 631-377-1943.

Classes for Intermediate Beekeepers


Please see "Deb Klughers" above.

Rich Blohm, a certified Master Beekeeper through Eastern Apicultural Society, will be continuing his intermediate classes once a month on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information send an email to beebiz44@gmail.com.

Other Resources


Of course, our "What's Happening in the Hive" and our in-hive presentation will continue to be a part of our monthly meetings. We are looking at ways to make it possible to attend both in 2020, and still keep our meetings from getting too long.

Also, Apimondia, the world-wide Honey Bee Conference will be held in Montreal September 8th-12th. This is a great opportunity to see how the rest of the world keeps Honey Bees. Our very own Deb Klughers will be presenting at 11:30 on September 12th at this conference, so, make sure you look for her if you are able to attend. See https://www.apimondia2019.com/ for more information.

Randy Oliver's "Mite Washer:" The quickest and most accurate way to monitor varroa levels is by the alcohol wash.
http://scientificbeekeeping.com/tag/mite-washer/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiu_dIZu7Uk