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Calleva Beekeeping

The Calleva farm is home to more than just horses, cows, and chickens. We also have Bees! Three years ago our Calleva staff created a beekeeping program on our farm, not just to to pollinate our beautiful garden and provide us with honey, but also to add to our environmental and agricultural education programs. Students have had the opportunity to come out to the farm and inspect our educational hive that is full of great photos and info, as we’ll as doing Q&A sessions with our resident beekeeper. Last year Growing Green had the chance to assist with our honey harvest where they helped scrape the wax cappings off and spun the frames in the honey extractor. Each camper took home a jar to share with their family, and the rest was used for Calleva’s Dirty Dinners.

This year we are expanding our beekeeping programs to help educate everyone that is interested in keeping bees. Join us this spring/summer for one of our many classes and learn how you can start keeping bees in your very own backyard!

 

Sign up for the first 3 of our Backyard Beekeeping Sessions and receive a free copy of
The Beekeepers Handbook (a $30 value)

Backyard Beekeeping with Brokeback – Session 1 : March 10th, 2019

Have you been thinking about adding Beekeeping to your list of hobbies? Join our resident Beekeeper Brokeback and learn more about the basics of beekeeping, and how you can start keeping bees in your very own backyard. In this introductory session we will go over the anatomy of bees, their life cycle, roles within the beehive, how to obtain bees, as well as talk about the different types of hives and what you need to get started yourself. Sign up for session 2 & 3 to complete the series and get a free copy of The Beekeepers Handbook.

*This course is $30 and runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at our Fisher Ave Office.

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Backyard Beekeeping with Brokeback – Session 2 : April 13th, 2019

Session 2 of our Backyard Beekeeping series we will dive into how/where to purchase your bees, how to install them into your equipment, how, why, and when to feed, as well as managing your hives through the spring and summer. In addition we will touch on some of the pests and other issues you may deal with while keeping bees.

*This course is $30 and runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at our Fisher Ave Office.

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Backyard Beekeeping with Brokeback – Session 3 : May 4th or 5th, 2019 (Weather Dependent)

In session 3 of our series we will head out to the Calleva Apiary, suit up, and get our hands on some frames of bees. We will go through and conduct a hive inspection, identify honey, pollen, brood and of course find the queen. In addition we will talk about how/when to add honey supers and continue to grow your colonies. We’ll wrap up the day with a question and answer session.

*This course is $30 and space is limited to 4 people per session, either May 4th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 4th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm or May 5th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Calleva Farm. 

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Backyard Beekeeping with Brokeback – Swarms and Splits : June 15th, 2019

June is swarm season around the apiary, so come learn a little more about how and why these occur. In this class we will be discussing swarms and splits and how you can manage both to grow your own apiary. In addition to classroom time we will also be working out of the Calleva Wood Shop to build your very own Nuc Box for you to take home. These are perfect for an easy swarm trap to put up around your property, or use it to create your own 5 frame nucleus colony.

*This course is $100 and space is limited to 8 people. It will be held at the Calleva Farm from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and lunch will be provided.

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Need Bees?

Calleva will have a limited number of 5 frame Nucleus Colonies available for purchase spring of 2019. They are available in either medium or deep frames, and will be ready around the middle of May (depending on weather). Mediums are $170 and deeps are $190 and do not include the wooden nuc box they will come in. Those can be kept for an additional $40 if you are interested. Email now to reserve your colonies before they are sold out!

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