Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper? -Before you invest in equipment and bees, practice on ours!
Already a beekeeper? Do you lose hives over the winter? Or do you want to deepen your knowledge of bees and beekeeping? -Protect what you have already invested and set yourself up for success.
We know from experience that by investing in your beekeeper education now, you will save time and money on bees and equipment in the future.
Camp Beez Kneez is a 14-week, intensive, guided beekeeping course. Sign up below to gain the confidence and skills for your bees to thrive!
To register, choose your desired location and time and click ADD TO CART button. To pay with check and save $15, email us at email@example.com, tell us which session you want and bring or mail a check to 2204 Minnehaha Ave Mpls, MN 55406
Session #1 – Inver Grove Heights, MN Saturdays at 11am
Session #2 – Inver Grove Heights, MN Saturdays at 2:30pm
Session #3 – Fridley, MN Sundays at 11am
Session #4 – Fridley, MN Fridays at 2:30pm
From April to October, our teaching apiaries provide the unique opportunity for you to manage a hive, guided by professional beekeepers, while comparing your hive to many others in the same apiary. ***Camp Beez Kneez is a City of Minneapolis Honey bee permit approved training program
When: All sessions will have a 3 hour orientation and equipment build class in late March or early April at the Beez Kneez honey house. Dates TBD. Session #1 will be held biweekly on Saturdays at 11am, Session #2- Saturdays at 2:30pm, Session #3-Sundays at 11am, Session #4-Fridays at 2:30pm. If you miss 1 or 2 sessions, we will make sure the hive dedicated to you gets managed and there are always an opportunities to make up at a different session.
Location: Session #1 and #2 will be held at a nature center about 19 miles south of Mpls in Inver Grove Heights. Session #3 and Session #4 will be held in Fridley, MN at a nature center 16 miles north of Mpls. You will learn exact addresses on the first day of class which is to be held at the Beez Kneez Honey House in March.
Cost: $575 per hive assignment which can be a single student or group(max of 3 people per group) if you pay with credit card. $560 if you pay by check which you can mail or drop off at the Beez Kneez Honey House. Mailing and physical address is The Beez Kneez 2204 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. We will confirm details of your registration after receiving payment. Cost is only $40-$41 per 2 hour session for 14 weeks of hands on learning that includes guide books for each group and excess honey(some years the bees do not make much). Not quite in your budget? Find a partner/family or two to team up with and split the cost(max 3 people per group).
What you will learn: This program covers techniques based on sustainable beekeeping practices for year-round management in MN. Each 2 hour session follows the beekeeper’s year, and will cover a management topic more in depth.
- Basic bee biology and how to choose and/or assemble equipment
- How to install a package and a nucleus colony
- How to split a wintered hive and introduce queens
- How to assess colony health, identify nectar flows and pollen sources
- Spring through fall management techniques for successful overwintering
- Disease management including integrated pest management-drone comb removal, mite checks, organic treatments, and more
- Harvesting honey and extracting/bottling techniques. *Extraction at the Beez Kneez Honey House on pedal-powered extractors!
- Over-Wintering your hive
- Efficient recordkeeping to aid hive management
Participants will provide their own personal gear (veil/suit, smoker, hive tool, containers for honey harvest, etc.); Beez Kneez has suits and smokers available for seasonal rental. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for suit and smoker rental.
The Beez Kneez will provide bees, hive, honey extracting equipment, and one set of instructional materials per group (additional sets of the course materials can be purchased if desired) . A family/group (max of 3 people per hive) can share a hive. Each student/group may receive up to 10lb’s (honey depending on surplus available) from the hive they manage.
Meet your 2016 Camp Beez Kneez Professional Beekeepers
Kristy Lynn Allen Yuuki Metreaud