Join us (20 people max) for a day learning how to build super-strong splits to ensure healthy, queenright, and robust colonies going in to winter. The goal of this course is to set yourself up for success, and never buy bees again. Either mitigate winter losses, expand your apiary, or have excess bees to sell the following spring. Whatever your goals, expanding before winter will ensure that you are maintaining a self-sufficient apiary. This Beekeeping Field Day a must-attend event for beekeepers of all levels.
DATE: July 20, 2024
TIME: 10am – 5pm
LOCATION: Highfield Regenerative Farm, Calgary
1920 Highfield Cres, SE. Calgary, AB
DETAILS: Bring your own protective equipment, lunch and water. Pack a lunch, and prepare for a post-field day drink at Village Brewery. Your ticket includes a drink at Village Brewery that you enjoy while we do in the-class portion of the content.
At our Beekeeping Field Day, Eliese will guide you through the components of late-season splits, including the minimum size, equipment organization, and hive management. It’s a Bootcamp you cannot miss if you are wanting to stop purchasing bees in the Spring.
Join us for this exhilarating day of hands-on learning, where you’ll ensure that you have strong colonies going in to winter, which will ensure you can replace winter losses and sell excess colonies in the Spring.
Here’s the schedule:
10am-12:00pm: Lecture and Q&A at Village Brewery Meeting Space
Delve into honey bee life cycles, varroa life cycles, and queen behaviour in a concise review. Learn about what a colony needs to thrive through winter; size, weight, and IPM. Discover the components and hands-on strategies to creating and assessing splits, and ensuring that you have more hives than you need going in to winter; healthy and robust.
12am-1:30pm: Lunchtime Social at Village Brewery
Enjoy Village Brewery (short walk from Highfield Farm) for a social gathering. Enjoy one complimentary drink and bring your own lunch or order one.
2pm-5pm: Beekeeping Field Day
Split into groups to inspect hives, prepare for splits, build splits, and inspect splits that are already built. Manage already built splits to assess for queens, health, and weight. From start to finish, you will feel confident and clear in your management protocols to ensure that every split you build, is a viable and strong colony.