Back for its second year, the Beginner Beekeeper Survival School packages the bare essentials you need to have a successful first year of beekeeping.
We have expanded to include a fourth club and session. This joint program includes Spencer, Bullitt, Kentuckiana and Oldham bee clubs in the greater Louisville KY area.
This 16 hour program was created to meet a recurring need, to prepare beginners for their first year of beekeeping! By setting up a joint program, we are able to integrate and educate these beginners in an organized manner.
Session dates and descriptions follow:
Session 1 with Spencer County Beekeepers Association, Sunday 2/19 1P-5P. @ Nosey Bee Place. 2980 Briar Ridge RD. Mt. Eden KY 40046 (N of Taylorsville Lake) Introduction to Beekeeping, Basic Bee Biology, and Beekeeping Equipment. Amanda Snider, President SCBA.
Session 2 with Bullitt County Beekeepers Association, Sunday 2/26 1P-5P. @ Bullitt Extension Office. 384 Halls LN. Shepherdsville KY 40165. Hive Inspections, Annual Schedule, and Basic Management. Leonard Davis, EAS Master Beekeeper, President BCBA.
Session 3 with Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association (Jefferson), Saturday 3/4, 9A-1P. @ Louisville Nature Center. 3745 Illinois Ave. Louisville KY 40213. Products of the Hive, Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, and Disease. Lara Augustine, UofF Certified Advanced Beekeeper, Past President KBA.
Session 4 with Oldham County Beekeepers Association, Saturday 3/11, 9A-1P. @ Oldham Extension Office. 207 Parker Dr. La Grange KY 40031. Pests, Varroa, Beekeeper Interventions, and Course Conclusion. Jake Barker, EAS & Cornell Master Beekeeper, OCBA Educational Coordinator.
Sessions are $10/person/session, non-refundable. Last year we offered most of this content for free, but had a substantial number of no-shows on free reservations, which limited the number of students we were able to host. As such, we are now charging for registration, and making it non-refundable to reduce "seat holding" and no-shows. Registration proceeds after processing fees will be paid out the the hosting bee club for that session. The credit card processor for payments is Stripe, with payment sent to "OC Beekeepers" for all sessions, with OC dividing up proceeds and issuing payment for the individual sessions to the clubs after the programs's conclusion. Site hosts, at their discretion, may allow additional private attendees.