Beekeeping

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers various educational programs related to bees and beekeeping.  Want to learn how to be a beekeeper, but have no experience – we can help!  Have a couple of hives, but need a little guidance – we can help!

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Beekeeping Basics Fall 2019 Programs:

Classroom:  Friday, September 20th: 9 am-4 pm and Friday, October 11th: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Field Day Options: The field day will be held at an apiary in the Leon Springs area unless otherwise noted.

  • Option 1 – September 20, 9am-4pm @  3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Ste. 208, SATX, 78230
  • Field Day Options – September 21 8-10am, Sept 21 10-12pm, Sept 22 8-10am 

 

  • Option 2 – October 11, 8:30am-3:30pm @ San Antonio Botanical Garden, Classroom B, 555 Funston Ave., SATX, 78209
  • Field Day Options – October 11 3-5pm @ the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, October 12 8:30-10:30, October 12 10:30-12:30pm

Have you ever thought about keeping bees?  For AG exemption purposes, to pollinate your garden, make your own honey, or just as a hobby?

This program is for anyone interested in beekeeping and/or learning how to start beekeeping, but need to know where to start. This class is geared for first time beekeepers and presented by experienced beekeepers, entomologists and horticulturists.
Anyone can be a beekeeper—young or old, city or country dweller!

During this course, we will cover the basics of bees and beekeeping, including: bee biology, beekeeping equipment and clothing, what to expect with your bees, and plants to provide your bees.  *Please note that this class is geared for those with minimal to no beekeeping experience, please consider one of our other classes if you have prior beekeeping experience.

A hands‐on field day to an apiary will be provided. This is where you will learn the most about beekeeping!  Must sign a medical release waiver to participate. Bee suit & gloves provided.  Directions to apiary given on Friday.

Lunch is provided on Friday!

Cost – $65

Register online.

Space is limited to 30 people and this program does fill up, so be sure to register as soon as possible!

 

Second Steps in Beekeeping 

September 27, 2019

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Guadalupe County
210 E. Live Oak St.
Seguin, TX 78155

Register Online

If you have attended the Beekeeping Basics program or already have bees and are ready for some more in depth information, this course will cover those needs! We will discuss the next steps in beekeeping once you have installed your bees, but still don’t have all the answers.  This course is very much a “What’s Next?” course.

Topics to include:

  • Winterizing your Bees
  • Pests and Diseases of Bees and their Management
  • Mite Management and Monitoring
  • Recognizing Signs of Stress and What to Do
  • Texas Apiary Inspection Service
  • Requeening Your Hive
  • *topics and speakers subject to change

An optional field day will also be offered, just down the road in at Gretchen Bee Ranch.  Estimated field day time 3-5pm – subject to change!  Mark Gretchen will share his knowledge and expertise, answer any questions, allow us to enter a hive or two and watch him do a mite check.  Bee suits and gloves will be provided for those in need.

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