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Many of you have requested an in depth training program and I'm thrilled to release the 2018 Apprenticeship.  All classes will be taught by Anna Maria with some occasional guest speakers. 

We will meet one Sunday a month for 5 months (see list of dates below!)  One half of the day will be dedicated to classroom learning, and the remainder of the day will be spent suited up inspecting hives. Each month you will be provided readings to do on your own time to prepare for the next session. Classroom sessions will be held in San Clemente and all apiary sites are located within 20 miles of classroom location.  By dedicating one Sunday a month, you will see the vast seasonality involved in beekeeping, and receive hands-on instruction to learn what we can expect each season, what interventions may be required, and how to respond. Your curriculum will include, but is not limited to:

Basics: Bee history, biology, terminology, swarm captures/lures, equipment and tools, different hive designs 

Starting a Hive: Selecting and preparing your apiary site, installing a new hive, honeybee roles, duties, internal hive life cycle

Hive Maintenance: Performing inspections with care, healthy hive indicators, record keeping, seasonal tasks and duties

Honey: When to responsibly harvest honey, how to harvest/package, plants that feed bees, rendering wax, creating value added products

Rescues and Removals: Opportunities to shadow the instructor during rescues and removals, capturing swarms, and removal techniques

Activism: Researching local city restrictions, beekeepers clubs, guerrilla pollinator planting, habitat restoration, native bee hotels, tree hives

Advanced techniques: Splitting hives, identifying disease, to feed or not?, varroa treatment options

Meeting dates are: April 15, May 20, June 10, July 8, August 12 - All classes will meet 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *Hive inspections are weather permitting*

Students are kindly requested to not miss more than 1 in person session. The apprenticeship will be limited to 10 participants.



The Honeybee Hub also offers onsite education for all!  We've taught in classrooms, with garden club members, at regional farm conferences, local meaderies and more!  Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of your group, either hands on, demo, interactive or lecture style.