Natural Beekeeping

Corwin Bell pulling honeycomb from beehive
Corwin Bell pulling honeycomb from beehive

Join Corwin Bell of BackYardHive.com for a weekend of workshops in natural beekeeping at Beck Grove Farm in Fallbrook, CA, hosted by local CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter. Workshop dates are Saturday May 31 (session I) and Sunday June 1, (Session II) from 10am-2pm each day. Each workshop is $75 or participants can take the full weekend workshop for $125. Pre-registration is required at BackYardHive.com. The workshop is expected to fill so register early to reserve your space.

Session I on Saturday covers the reasoning behind treatment-free, natural beekeeping. We will demonstrate how to work with the bees in an altruistic, gentle manner so that a symbiotic relationship is formed with the bees. You will learn how the bees communicate with each other in the hive, explain why bees are a super-organism, and the importance of honeybee genetic diversity. You will learn how to set up the hive for bees, obtaining bees, catching a swarm and getting the bees into the hive. You will learn basic bee ecology and the inner workings of the colony.

Session II on Sunday is for the bee guardian who has taken Session I. In this workshop you will learn an in-depth working relationship with the bees. The workshop will cover a deeper understanding of the intimate workings of the colony and the brood nest, so that the bee guardian can confidentially work their hive and feel comfortable with interacting with the bees. We will cover queen-less hives, over wintering and fall and spring time duties for the bee guardian. We will cover when to harvest combs in the spring and what type combs to harvest or leave for the bees. We will also cover  processing all comb types. Interested parties must pre-register at BackYardHive.com


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