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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.

You can register for the next course at this link.

HCC Beekeeping Class - SPRING 2023

(CSP 4000-24841)

March 17 - June 9

Getting ready to inspect some honey bee colonies.

Course Topics

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