Classes and Events

Bee Friendly Landscaping through a Permaculture Lens

Saturday July 19th, 9:00 am -12:00

  • Learn the skills to create bee friendly landscapes in your own backyard. Join Permaculture Designer David Homa for a hands on workshop that will detail soil building, plant selection, and design based on ecological design criteria. David will show us the best practices for building a landscape free of chemicals, high in beneficial plantings, and low in maintenance. All skill levels are welcome, limited to 10 participants.
  • Call the shop (773-9333) for more information.
  • Instructor - Dave Homa of Post Carbon Designs.  Admission $10 plus help in the garden.

Beekeeping Through the Seasons

These classes are appropriate for absolute beginners or beekeepers with a year or two of experience; they can be taken individually for $25 or as a series of all three for $60.

Recommended accompanying reading:  The Backyard Beekeeper, by Kim Flottum, and the Handbook on Honeybee Diseases and Pests from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists.  Instructor - Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper. 

  • April 12th - Spring Management
     - This class will cover the essentials of early season management, including:  necessary equipment and tools for starting a hive; installation of packages and nucleus colonies; feeding for comb building; and assessment of queen viability.
  • May 17th - Summer Management and Integrated Pest Management
     - This class covers essentials of summer hive inspections:  watching for queen problems; symptoms of possible diseases and treatment; and proactive management for Varroa mite control
  • August 23rd - Autumn is Approaching - This class addresses the end of season concerns and getting a hive ready for winter:  pulling honey supers; combining hives; soft treatments for Varroa mite; and assessing a hive's readiness with winter food supplies.

Class times are Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm.  If weather permits, we will follow class with an inspection of the store hive that usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

All classes take place at The Honey Exchange.  Class size is limited to 12 students per session.  Please call the store - 207-773-9333 to sign up.