Dates: February 17
Location: Homer Visitor Center/ Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
This is a beginner’s class and introduction to the general knowledge and skills required for beekeeping in Alaska. This class will go over all the required woodenware that makes up the hive, as well as the needed tools and equipment. It will cover both the costs and time commitment associated with keeping bees. Additional topics to be covered include: the different types of pollen bees; the makeup of the hive, such as the life span of a worker bee, the drones and the queen; instructions on how to hive and feed the package bees in the spring; and how to prevent a swarm. This is a comprehensive class that will give the students the confidence they need to go forward with keeping honeybees in Alaska.
Linda Gorman met a beekeeper in 2003 and he introduced her to bees and all their health benefits. Because her allergies got better by eating pollen and honey, she decided to keep a hive. She was mentored by two longtime beekeepers for a couple of years. She read everything she could on keeping bees and talked to anyone she met that was a beekeeper. One summer she had 8 hives. She has mentored many keepers here in the Homer area over the past 5 years and is thrilled to share her knowledge with others.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for this class means that you have read and accept Homer Folk School's policies on refunds, media releases and liability waivers.