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The Bee School at Salem State University

3 Courses


Interested in keeping honey bees?
Are you a beekeeper wanting to increase you hive management skills?

Are you interested in how to maintain a sustainable apiary reducing expensive hive failure and queen costs?

If any of the above are of interest, the Bee School at Salem State University offers the necessary hands-in education to become a more successful and sustainable beekeeper.

The Bee School offers three courses covering all aspect of beekeeping. The courses are offered throughout the year at times when they will be most beneficial to novice and expert beekeeper alike.

The Bee School, through its diverse and timely education programs is a resource center for the region's beekeepers, no matter their level of expertise.

Sustainable beekeeping at Salem State University is a three-course sequence that can be taken in any combination at $50 per course.

Complete all three and receive a certificate from Salem State University.

Course 1: Sustainable Beekeeping: 5 weeks - $50
February 15 - March 17, 2018 Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
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All necessary equipment, management, and hive manipulations to install and maintain a bee hive from late spring through mid-summer. Course recommended for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. THE LAST CLASS WILL BE HELD A BLACK BIRCH FARM APIARIES, WEST NEWBURY, MA. Meeting time at Black Birch Farm will be determined at the first class.

Course 2: The Sustainable Apiary: 3 weeks - $50
May 31 to June 16, 2018 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00pm (Last two class meetings are held at Black Birch Farm Apiaries, West Newbury, MA)
Course details summer management practices for the hive. Topics include swarming, identification and interdiction of honey bee predators and diseases. This is a hands-on course as we meet at Black Birch Farm Apiaries for the last two class meetings opening and inspecting hives. Students must have bee-veils to participate and attend at their own risk. Meeting times at Black Birch Farm will be determined at the first class.

Course 3: The Key to Sustainable Beekeeping - Fall and Winter Hive Management: 3 weeks - $50
August 23 through Sept. 8, 2018 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm (Last two classes meet at Black Birch Farm Apiaries, West Newbury, MA)
Necessary fall hive inspections and evaluation, feeding, re-queening, preparing the hive for winter, winter feeding. Also included; how to extract and process honey and bees wax. This is a hands-on course as we meet at Black Birch Farm Apiaries for the last two class meetings opening and inspecting hives. Students attend at their own risk. Meeting times at Black Birch Farm will be determine at the first class.

NOTE: The Bee School courses are held at Salem State University, Central Campus, Bertolon Classroom Building. Part of Courses 1, 2, and 3 are held at Black Birch Farm Apiaries.at mutually agreed upon times. Students attend live hive openings at their own risk.

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date.  You may also download and print the permit, by logging into the course home page, using the credentials you created, once you have completed the registration/payment process.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge) no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information