Be a ‘Beekeeper’, not a ‘Bee Reaper’! In this section of Beginning Beekeeping, Bee Girl will discuss honey bee biology and common honey bee hive pests and pathogens, as well as treatments in integrated pest management.
• How do I know if my hive is “queenless”?
• When and what do I “feed” my bees?
• Are my bees going to swarm?
• How do I know if they are OK?
• How many Varroa mites are too many?
• And what is that goo in the comb?
Are all questions that will be answered, among many others.
Beehive Management also features an additional apiary session. Please join for a hands-on beekeeping experience and a demonstration of how to “inspect” a beehive for proper function and health, and also observe Varroa mite monitoring and treatment methods. The hands-on workshop includes a hive tool and a tasty treat from the hive, paired with local cheese.
Attendance of the Spring Management classroom session is a prerequisite of the Apiary Day. Space is limited, so the location of the class will be given upon registration.
Cost: $20 Class // $60 Apiary Workshop
The Bear Hotel
2101 NE Spaulding Ave.
Hands-On Apiary Day in Ashland
Exact Location given to participants upon registration
10am – 2pm
About your instructor:
Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on a little farm at the end of a country road. There resided two hives of honey bees near her aunt's cabin. She was fascinated with the colonies, the beekeeper, and the honeycomb they produced. After high school, she traveled throughout the West. Her adventurous spirit landed her jobs on fishing boats, helicopters, sea kayaks, ski mountains, and even a gold rush era saloon. She finally brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis, and her relationship with the bees picked up right where it left off. Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board Member, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, and the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative.