Bee School 2014

Free Hive Giveaway

Four beekeepers will once again have the opportunity to win their own bee hive, complete with bees, at this year's bee school. To be considered for one of the free hives you must meet the following guidelines:

  • Become a member of the FCBA,
  • Pass the written and practical exam

Schedule

All classes held at the Forsyth County Ag. Building except for the Bee Yard Day, which will be determined by you and your mentor.

February 8 (9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon)
Introduction; Purchasing Hives, Equipment, and Bees
March 1 (9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon)
Honey Bee Biology
March 8 (9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon)
Examining Colonies and Spring Management
March 22 (9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon)
Bee Stings; Summer, Fall, and Winter Management
April 5 (9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon)
Diseases, Predators, and Pesticides
April 19 (5:00 p.m., register at 4:30 p.m.)
Written Exam

Beekeeping/Bee School FAQs

Is there any help offered once I complete the class?
We assign a mentor to each student wanting one. Normally, a mentor has about 3 to 5 students they are working with. We believe mentoring to be the best way for new beekeepers to flourish.
Should I buy my hives before class?
You can, but we recommend that you attend bee school first. You have a lot to learn and consider, and you will have time before you purchase or capture your first colony to make these decisions.
Should I use medium or deep brood boxes/supers? Eight or ten frame?
These decisions are best decided after evaluating your goals in beekeeping. Attending bee school and discussing your options with a mentor will assist you in making these important decisions.
Should I get wax foundation, plastic, Duragilt, or go natural?
There are many choices and they come with pros and cons, like anything in life. During bee school we will do our best to educate you on your options. In the end, it is each beekeeper's preference.
Who is the best dealer to get my supplies from?
There are many: Miller Bee Supply, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Dadant, and too many to name here. Our best advice is to do your homework, check prices and quality, and stick to one dealer. Keep in mind that the best dealer may be one that is nearest to you since shipping costs can often be high.
Where do I get my bees?
You have many choices, and we will give you guidance; however, local and chemical free is the best option. Again, you will gather that information from bee school and your mentor.
Should I buy an extractor?
It is not advised since there are members of our association that provide extracting services for reasonable prices. Buying an extractor is an expensive purchase.