Apiary Program

The 2015 Brooklyn Grange Beekeeper Training Program is closed for the season.

To get on the wait list for next year’s program, email info@brooklyngrangefarm.com.
The 2015 program was led by Dan Carr of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, assisted by Carin Zinter, a 5 year beekeeper. Dan has been teaching this program for the past five years at Stone Barns and this will be his second year with Brooklyn Grange. We were honored to have them!Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Tuition: $850
Space: Limited to 16 students
Gear: Brooklyn Grange will provide a veil, gloves, hive tool, and smoker.

The program will take students from the very beginning with building hives and installing brand new packages of bees, straight through to harvesting honey and preparing for winter. Students will be paired off and assigned a hive to start and tend for the entire program. It’ll be just like having your own hive for the season! Most sessions are 3 hours long, with both apiary time and classroom time involved.

The program schedule is set for 20 Sundays between March and November, from 11am-2pm, though we reserve the right to reschedule due to weather, typically to the Saturday before a given session. The syllabus is also a general guideline that is subject to change, especially in the beginning. One of the realities of beekeeping is that there is never a set date to receive your bees. Weather and Mother Nature can throw all manner of curve balls, so it’s typical to not actually know your bee arrival date until maybe a week before. There’s your very first lesson!

March 8 Introduction to beekeeping
March 22 Equipment building/Feeding bees
March 29 Building continued
April 12 Package installation/Hive inspections/Record keeping
April 19 Package installation/The 3 castes/Brood development
April 26 Package installation/Inspection & record keeping review
May 3 Splits & Requeening
May 17 Reproduction & Swarming
May 31 Splits/Requeening/Reproduction review
June 14 Varroa mites
June 28 Varroa integrated pest management
July 12 Nosema microscopy
July 26 Brood diseases
August 9 Honey extraction
August 30 Fall feeding & Fall preparations
Sept.13 Queen rearing intro
Sept. 27 Pesticides
Oct. 11 Small hive beetle & Wax moth
Oct. 25 Final winter preparations
Nov. 8 Graduation & Honey tasting. Party on the farm!

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