Backyard Beekeeping Summer 2023 Course
ZBees Apiary and Haywood Community College have partnered together to offer an intensive twelve week course on Backyard Beekeeping.
This is a fun, but intensive 12-week course designed for those individuals who are seriously interested in maintaining a honey bee apiary. Prior knowledge about honeybees is not required! Subjects covered will include the science of apiculture, types of honeybees, purchasing bees, equipment, protective clothing, and the importance of honeybees to the environment. In addition, students will receive practical experience with setting up beehives, managing an apiary, and controlling hive pests or diseases. Students will inspect and document hive inspections, analyze honey, estimate hive populations, and winterize bee hives.
HCC Beekeeping Class - SPRING 2023
March 17 - June 9
Getting ready to inspect some honey bee colonies.
Week 1 (03-17-2023) Apiculture and Apiary Safety
Week 2 (03-24-2023) ZBees Apiary (off-site), Packages and NUC's
Week 3 (03-31-2023) Hive Types – Construction - Equipment
Week 4 (04-14-2023) Beekeepers and the Community
Week 5 (04-21-2023) Honeybees: Anatomy, Types, and Varieties
Week 6 (04-28-2023) ZBees Apiary (off-site), Hive Inspections
Week 7 (05-05-2023) Honey Bee Pests and Diseases
Week 8 (05-12-2023) ZBees Apiary (off-site): Inspections - Analyzing Wax
Week 9 (05-19-2023) NC Certifications, Guidelines, and Honey
Week 10 (05-26-2023) ZBees Apiary (off-site), Beekeeping Rules - Documentation
Week 11 (06-02-2023) Winterizing Hives, Candy Boards and Feeding
Week 12 (06-09-2023) ZBees Apiary (off-site): Inspections - Honey Harvest