Backyard Beekeeping
Workshop Instructor: Richard Olson

An introduction to small-scale beekeeping using the top-bar hive. We will cover basic honey bee biology, the structure of a top bar hive, obtaining and installing bees for your hive, and the basics of hive care for each of the four seasons. Pests and diseases, city codes and regulations for urban beekeepers, and harvest and use of honey and wax will be discussed. Weather permitting, we will “suit up” and open a hive for close inspection (bee suit or veil will be provided for use). Light snacks will be provided.

• Location: Berea Urban Farm - 199 Adams Street

• Date/Time: July 15th from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

• Break: NA

• Total Hours: 3 hours

• Price: $58.00 (Includes a book on top-bar beekeeping, handouts, use of bee suit or veil and light snacks.)

• Age: 16 & Up (Participants under 18 MUST be accompanied by a participating parent, legal guardian or authorized adult. All participants under 18 MUST bring a Youth Authorization Form, completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, found at this Attendees Resources link.)

• Difficulty: Beginner

• Class Size: 10 Max

• Take Home: A book on top-bar beekeeping; handouts including sources of bees, beekeeping equipment, and additional information.

• Notes: In the case of rain or other bad weather, we will not be able to open a hive, but will rely on slides and other materials to illustrate the workshop. If we can open a hive, participants should wear long pants and socks into which the pants can be tucked; closed toe shoes; and a light-colored shirt. Participants who may be allergic to bee stings are responsible for bringing their own epi-pen or other appropriate medicines.

• NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending this session will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.