OFP 122 Natural Beekeeping Practices

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and practices of natural beekeeping that emphasizes organic methods.  The course prepares new beekeepers to understand the basics well enough to begin their own beekeeping as a hobby or small enterprise.  Topics include biology and life cycle of honey bees, equipment and supplies, starting a new hive, seasonal hive management, hive pests and diseases, and harvesting and marketing.  Students have the opportunity to purchase new hives, equipment, and bees to establish their own hive in the spring.  At least one field day will demonstrate installation, feeding, and beginning steps of establishing a new hive.  One hour of lecture per week.  Spring, Evening/Weekend only.

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