Introduction to Beekeeping 2018!
A BEEKEEPING COURSE THAT SPANS THE WHOLE BEEKEEPING YEAR!!!!
This year-long course is aimed at providing all the necessary information that a beginner backyard/urban/small-scale/aspiring commercial beekeepers would need for their first season of keeping honeybees. Partnering again with the McGill University's Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) we are making a step forward and redesigning our previous one day course to include a bit more class time and to shift focus from the theory to more practical, hands-on approach to learning the art of beekeeping.
The course participants will learn about the practical and legal requirements for setting up their own apiaries, choices that they have in regard to the bees, equipment and beekeeping approaches, general management practices, pests and diseases, problem spotting and solving, wintering bees in our climate, management of the bees in different hive types, and many more topics, but most importantly to learn about using critical thinking when evaluating various beekeeping practices.
The course is designed for beginners, but even less experienced beekeepers will be able to learn a lot. All age groups are welcome, but the course content may not be too suitable for children.
The course will consist of two major parts, classroom sessions, and practical workshops.
Classroom sessions (two days):
- Saturday, May 12th, 2018., from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (to be confirmed!)
- Saturday, May 26th, 2018., from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (to be confirmed!)
Lunch break 12:00 - 1:00, bring your own food, coffee and tea will be provided.
Macdonald Campus of McGill University
Centennial Center Building, (room# TBD)
21,111 Lakeshore Road
The participants should be aware that beekeeping is an outdoor activity and as such is dependent on the weather conditions. We can not know far in advance if the weather will be favorable for working with bees, so the participants should be aware that in case of bad weather some scheduled workshops will have to be postponed. Therefore, we will just approximate the workshop dates on this page, and the participants will be informed about the exact dates once we figure them out ourselves. The workshops will take place on weekends at Macdonald campus, and will last 2-3 hours!
- First half of June 2018: main topic: Apiary setup and working with the bees.
- First half of July 2018: main topic: Colony management, varroa monitoring.
- First half of August 2018: main topic: Varroa treatments, preparation for wintering.
- November 2018: main topic: Oxalic acid (varroa) treatment and winterizing the colonies (temperature dependent activity).
- April 2019: main topic: Spring work with the bees and colony evaluations.***
- May 2019: main topic: Swarming management and apiary increase strategies.***
***Depending on the development of the season (early/late) we may combine the two last workshops in one, offer a combination of class/practical session, or proceed as scheduled above.
Price: We are pleased to offer this course this year at the introductory price of: TBD
About the Instructors:
Branislav Babic started beekeeping in 1994 when he inherited his grandfather's Long hives and set up his apiary in the public park in front of his parent's house. He initiated the establishment of the McGill Apicultural Association in 2007, and since then has been an active participant in the backyard/urban beekeeping scene in Montreal. Branislav received his B.Sc in Animal Science in 1997, B.Sc in Microbiology (Biotechnology) in 2007, and M.Sc in Microbiology in 2011. Currently, he is the president of Apiguru Inc.
Yoav Sasportas started beekeeping in response to colony collapse disorder. He got his first instructions in beekeeping from Branislav Babic. He then pursued education with bee gurus Mike Palmer, Sam Comfort, Chaz Mraz (grandson of bee legend Charlie Mraz) among others. Currently he is a Project manager of Apiguru Inc.
If you have questions regarding the course, please contact us
To register for this course please use the form at the bottom of this page. Once we receive your registration request we will send you the invoice with the payment instructions depending on the preferred payment method you indicated. Once we receive the payment we'll send you the registration confirmation. Please make sure that you provide a correct email address. We accept credit cards, Paypal, Interac e-transfer. Contact us for the alternative payment methods.
Participation is limited to 25 persons, and the registration is on a first come, first served basis.
We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment. If such is the case, the refunds will be issued in full.
If for any reason you change your mind and wish to cancel your registration:
Before seven (7) days prior to the start date of the course: A refund will be issued, less a $20 administration fee.
Within seven (7) days prior to the start date of the course: No refunds, however an Apiguru products and services credit will be issued.