Sustainable Beekeeping at Salem State University is a three-course sequence that can be taken in any combination at $50.00 per course.
Complete all three, and receive a certificate from Salem State University. Course 1:Sustainable Beekeeping: 6 weeks – $50.00
February 25 to March31 Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00 pm – All necessary equipment, management, and hive manipulations to install and maintain a bee hive from late spring through mid-summer. Course recommended for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. Course 2:The Sustainable Apiary Summer: 4 weeks – $50.00
June 2 to June 23 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00pm – Register NOW!
Course details summer management practices for the hive. Topics include swarming, identification and interdiction of honey bee predators and diseases. This is a hands-on course as we meet at various apiaries to practice opening and inspecting hives. Students must have bee-veils to participate. Time and location may vary. Course 3:The Key to Sustainable Beekeeping –Fall and Winter Hive Management: 4 weeks – $50
August 18 through Sept. 8 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm – Register NOW!
Necessary fall hive inspections and evaluation, feeding, re-queening, preparing the hive for winter, winter feeding. Also included; how to extract and process honey and bees wax. Time and location may vary. Note: Course 2 and 3 will include hive openings at local apiaries at mutually beneficial times. Special Short Course: Making Splits, NUCS, and Raising Queens using Non-Grafting Techniques: 2 day short course – Times to be announced. NOTE: The Bee School courses are held at Salem State University, Central Campus, Bertolon Classroom Building. Courses 2 & 3 are held at local apiaries and times may vary. You will be issued a parking permit to be displayed at all times on your dashboard. Parking is located behind the Enterprise Center (121 Loring avenue, Salem, MA for your GPS) in spaces marked “E” only. 100% refund before class begins. No refund after the first class.
Dr. William Hamilton has been keeping bees for over 45 years in locations across the U.S. He completed graduate level work on honey bee biology and currently operates apiaries in Massachusetts and Connecticut and directs a Honey Bee Phenology Research Station.