Hands-on Workshop: Hive Inspection 101

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Have you taken an intro to beekeeping class, and ready to take your education to the next level? Are you a brand new beekeeper, or planning to get bees in the next year? Ready to get down to the nuts and bolts of beekeeping--the hive inspection? Then this class is for you!

This class is dedicated to learning how to inspect a honey bee hive. This class is perfect for new beekeepers, or those preparing to start their own hives soon. Learn how, when, and why you should conduct hive inspections. We will discuss seasonal considerations, what's 'normal' and what's not, and get an introductory to all-natural integrated pest management techniques and we will learn the basics of lighting a smoker. If you own a smoker, feel free to bring yours to practice! After suiting up in protective gear (provided), we will spend time performing a hive inspection as a group. You will learn how to identify honey bee eggs, larvae, and pupae, and everyone will be given time to practice handling and moving hive bodies and frames during the inspection. This is a hands-on class, so get ready to handle frames of bees! Note: Class is capped at 8 to ensure this class can stay truly hands-on for all!

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All ages welcome

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Tara Chapman is a native Texan, born and raised in the small West Texas town of Smyer. She moved to the East Coast for college in 1999. After 13 years, she raced back to Texas to satisfy a longing for Texas BBQ, breakfast tacos, and mild winters. Tara’s fascination with bees began with an 8th grade science unit on the workings of a colony. Tara’s favorite way to eat honey is on top of a banana with a bit of cinnamon and peanut butter!

Tara does hive tours, beekeeping classes, and the HoneyHomes program to help others discover the fulfilling hobby of beekeeping. A chance lecture on solitary bees inspired her BeeBuilders kit, intended to teach our community about the importance of solitary bees.

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