Beekeeping Mentoring Program

Beekeeping Mentoring ProgramBeekeeping Mentoring Program
Presented by David Shockey, President, Hardin County Beekeepers Association

The Beekeeping Mentoring Program is set up to provide familiarization with and hands-on beekeeping for all participants. The participants will actively manage 2 existing bee hives and 2 new bee hives over the period of the program from February to November. Each session will be around 2 to 4 hours depending on long it takes to cover the material and for the participants accomplish certain tasks. It is planned for the sessions to begin at 09:00 AM and to be completed around 12:00 noon. The dates may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, but every effort will be made to stay with the schedule. Any date changes will be emailed or text to all participants in advance.

The Beekeeping Mentoring Program will be held here at David’s Beekeeping Barn and apiary in Rineyville. David will be providing 2 existing bee hives, and 2 new bee hives that will be set up by the participants. All materials and supplies will be provided. There will be one session each month on the dates indicated. Each participant will need to bring their own beekeeping jacket, veil/hat and gloves to each of the sessions. There will be a $10 fee for each session attended, and the participants only pay for sessions that they attend.

At the end of the program in November, one of the new bee hives will be given away by the drawing of a name from those that participated in 75% or 8 of the 11 sessions, and the other new bee hive will be given away thru a silent auction of those that participated in 75% of the 11 sessions. There will also be a drawing for many other beekeeping items for all participants.

Dates and the general topics and activities planned for each session:

Session # 1 February 10, 2018

  • Review and use of numerous beekeeping items to be on display
  • Use of wax foundation and plastic foundation
  • Look inside an existing bee hive—weather permitting
  • Purchasing of bees and beekeeping equipment
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 2 March 10, 2018

  • Conduct bee hive inspections
  • Rotate hive bodies
  • Feeding of bees
  • Varroa Mite treatments

Session # 3 April 14, 2018

  • Conduct bee hive inspections
  • Installation of a Nuc to start a new bee hive
  • Installation of honey supers
  • Hive beetle management

Session # 4 April 28, 2018

  • Attend the Hardin County Beekeepers Seminar and School

Session # 5 May 12, 2018

  • Starting of a second new bee hive
  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Possible Re-queening
  • Manage honey supers
  • Hive beetle management
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 6 June 9, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Manage honey supers
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management

Session # 7 July 14, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Honey harvesting & processing

Session # 8 August 11, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Making up Nuc’s for Re-queening in fall
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 9 September 8, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Pulling of any remaining honey supers
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 10 October 13, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Combining of weak hives with strong hives
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Rendering of bees wax
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 11 November 3, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Preparation for winter Nov thru Feb
  • Feeding of bees Nov thru Feb
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • How to store frames over the winter
  • End of Program Drawing for Prizes