Beekeeping Field Course

Farms at Work Beekeeping Mentorship Program - Checking Hives

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About the Program 

The Farms at Work Beekeeping Field Course has been designed to provide beginning beekeepers with the skills and experience they need in order to confidently scale up production. Following the progression of the beekeeping season, participants are taught time-honoured approaches to colony management and honey/beeswax production, both in the apiary and the honey house. It is a hands-on, immersive introduction to beekeeping and hive management, built around a comprehensive curriculum developed and led by our highly respected and experienced beekeeper-instructor. 

Along with five field days at the instructor's apiary, each participant will receive a total of four hours of one-on-one support (email or telephone). The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including: 

  • seasonal hive management
  • disease & pest control
  • harvest and value-added production
  • nuc production and queen rearing
  • business models, regulations & resources

In order to maintain a high level of quality instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, a maximum of eight participants will be accepted into the program.

Registration Fees: 

$725*

Approximate Dates: 

Five field days from early-April to fall

Location: 

Newmarket

*small scholarships may be available to novice beekeepers under 35.