Learn to keep bees.

LIBC Annual Beekeeping Classes



Beekeeping 101: Let's Get Started

This is a one-time class for new beekeepers and those who want to review the basics.
The class fee includes a copy of "The Beekeeper's Handbook (4th Edition)" by Diana Sammataro.
Topics covered include: Members of the hive, Bee Biology, Life Cycle, Beekeeper Vocabulary, Bee Pests and Diseases, Good Neighbor Policy, Record Keeping, Equipment, Lighting a Smoker.
Snacks and drinks will be available.
Class size is limited to 40 students.

Date: Saturday, February 3rd
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown (same place we have our monthly meetings)
Price: $40 (includes class book)

To reserve a seat, send a check made out to "LIBC" to:
Joan Mahoney, 24 Ventura Drive, N. Babylon NY 11703

Questions?
Email saw_whet@hotmail.com or call after 5 PM: 631-667-5339


Beekeeping 102: Kick Your Beekeeping Up A Notch


This is a one-time class for beekeepers who want to take their beekeeping to the next level. You made it past your first year (or two), now what?
Topics covered include: Late winter and pre-spring readiness, Feeding fondant/pollen patties/candy boards, Swarm Prevention, Feeding sugar water, Flipping Boxes, Why did I lose my hive?, Splits, Early spring brood pattern, Checking out the queen, What to do with a dead out.

Snacks and drinks will be available.
Class size is limited to 40 students.

Date: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown (same place we have our monthly meetings)
Price: $35

To reserve a seat, send a check made out to "LIBC" to:
Joan Mahoney, 24 Ventura Drive, N. Babylon NY 11703

Questions?
Email saw_whet@hotmail.com or call after 5 PM: 631-667-5339


LIBC Ongoing Beekeeping Classes



Master Beekeeper Rich Blohm


Classes officially begin in September and are held on the first Tuesday of each month for 12 months. We normally meet at the Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. The classes are from 7 PM to 9 PM. Class size is limited to 25 participants We usually meet downstairs in the large meeting room off to the right.
Contact Rich Blohm at beebiz44@gmail.com or 631-271-7812.

The class is $145 for the year, you can pay at the first class you attend. The book we use is "The Beekeeper’s Handbook (4th Edition)" by Diana Sammataro.
This book is available at:
http://www.beeculture.com/store/index.cfm?action=showproducts&CatID=89
or at Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The%20Beekeeper%E2%80%99s%20Handbook%20

PS If you haven’t ordered bee equipment yet you may want to wait until I cover that in the December class. There are a number of hive types available these days that I do not recommend. Caveat emptor.


Master Beekeeper Moira Alexander


We meet once a month on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The address is 1725 Brentwood Road Brentwood, NY 11717. Enter the grounds and follow wooden sign that says “Garden.” Class will be held behind Building 1 by the barn…called the Honey House. I will place a BEE sign that will help you spot the opening to the grounds. Pass through the house parking lot and continue down the road continuing to look for signs saying the “GARDEN’.
The door will open at 6:30 and classes will start promptly at 7pm and end at 9pm sharp!!!!. There will be a pot of coffee and tea to keep us focused on our bee tasks.
Classes will meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. First class will be September 5th.

Requirements
  • Must be a member of the Long Island Bee Club ($35). I want you to belong to the local group of beekeepers.
  • Buy a yearly subscription to Bee Culture ($24)
  • I want you to read monthly articles that span all levels of understanding and keeping bees…
  • A copy of "The Beekeeper’s Handbook (4th Edition)" by Diana Sammataro. Read Chapters 1 & 2 prior to class. It is a book that you will continue to use well after this class will be over.
  • Buy a notebook that will be dedicated to your beekeeping journey this year. I want you to reflect after a year how much you have learned.
  • Class fee $125 for 12 sessions

EAS Master Beekeeper
Moira Alexander
631-265-8249
Ramoi@aol.com