Beginner Beekeeping Class

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Education

Event Overview

Want to get involved in beekeeping? This class is a great beginners class on how to start a hive or just learn more about the ancient practice of beekeeping. For gardeners who want to maintain a hive for pollination or for those who want to collect honey, this class will give you all of the information you need to start beekeeping in your backyard. Very basic knowledge on beekeeping is helpful but not necessary. 

11am-12:00pm will be lecture to learn all about beekeeping before we inspect the hives and from 12pm-2pm we will work in the hives! Protective clothing is provided but it is helpful if you wear lighter colored clothes, jeans, longer socks that can be pulled over your jeans and closed toed shoes. 

Key topics that will be discussed are: 

-Equipment to buy to start a hive 
-Protective gear 
-How to get a colony of bees 
-How to introduce your queen to a new hive 
-Basic hive maintenance 
-What to check for when looking in the hive 
-Proper methods for working in the hive 
-Disease Prevention 
-In depth understanding of everything inside the hive. 

We will be a break between the lecture and working in the hives for tea, coffee and snacks as well honey tasting. There will be lots of handouts for reference but a notebook would be helpful for extra notes. 

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Lauren Tackbary

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Lauren lives in Berkeley, CA and has hives in her backyard. She is active in sustainability practices and is an avid organic gardener. She has been beekeeping for 6 years, starting in Chicago and then moving her bees to California. She is passionate about helping other people learn how to keep bees.

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    Teresita P.
    Reviewed on 01/30/13

    Learned a lot thank you.

    Learned a lot thank you.

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    Mary L.
    Reviewed on 02/03/13

    This was an amazing class, I had no knowledge of beekeeping and left feeling like this is something I could really get into. Lauren covered the basics but also gave personal insight into the bees complex life.

    This was an amazing class, I had no knowledge of beekeeping and left feeling like this is something I could really get into. Lauren covered the basics but also gave personal insight into the bees complex life.

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    Maurice P.
    Reviewed on 03/30/13

    Drove to Chicago to learn more about beekeeping. Class was very informative and I learned a lot. Hopefully I will have my beekeeping operation up and running this spring/summer time frame. Thanks Lauren

    Drove to Chicago to learn more about beekeeping. Class was very informative and I learned a lot. Hopefully I will have my beekeeping operation up and running this spring/summer time frame. Thanks Lauren

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    Jennifer B.
    Reviewed on 07/22/13

    The class was great! Lauren is very knowledgable and passionate about her bees. Plus, inspecting the hives was uber interesting. I highly recommend it.

    The class was great! Lauren is very knowledgable and passionate about her bees. Plus, inspecting the hives was uber interesting. I highly recommend it.

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    Kelly F.
    Reviewed on 08/04/13

    I loved this class. In fact, I dreamed about bees last night (in a good way!). There is SO much to cover in the class time span that I'd love a more intensive class for anyone still thinking about getting a hive (ME!) after this intro class. I learned a lot, but it's clear I'm going to need to know a lot more. The honey was fabulous too.

    I loved this class. In fact, I dreamed about bees last night (in a good way!). There is SO much to cover in the class time span that I'd love a more intensive class for anyone still thinking about getting a hive (ME!) after this intro class. I learned a lot, but it's clear I'm going to need to know a lot more. The honey was fabulous too.

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    Sherry R.
    Reviewed on 08/05/13

    Great overview of bees, bee behavior and beekeeping in general by a teacher with knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for "her girls"! Beeing in the hives what the best
    part!

    Great overview of bees, bee behavior and beekeeping in general by a teacher with knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for "her girls"! Beeing in the hives what the best
    part!

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    Linda M F.
    Reviewed on 08/12/13

    OUTSTANDING !! Lauren is so informed and calm and is a great teacher. The class was as hands on as each person wanted. We got to do all aspects of hive tending and inspection and learned tons of info about bees in general! I can't stop saying propolis....a very cool bee term!

    OUTSTANDING !! Lauren is so informed and calm and is a great teacher. The class was as hands on as each person wanted. We got to do all aspects of hive tending and inspection and learned tons of info about bees in general! I can't stop saying propolis....a very cool bee term!

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    George F.
    Reviewed on 09/09/13

    Enjoyed the class and Lauren's teaching style. Very personal and had plenty of time to provide a broad range of information and answer lots of questions. The group size was small so there was good interaction and trading of everyone's level of knowledge. The bees were active and despite the overcast day Lauren offered to invite us back to spend time to get more involved in viewing the hive. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to get involved in beekeeping.

    Enjoyed the class and Lauren's teaching style. Very personal and had plenty of time to provide a broad range of information and answer lots of questions. The group size was small so there was good interaction and trading of everyone's level of knowledge. The bees were active and despite the overcast day Lauren offered to invite us back to spend time to get more involved in viewing the hive. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to get involved in beekeeping.

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    Steph L.
    Reviewed on 09/12/13

    Learned sooo much! I have an even greater respect for bees and want to do my part to save them. Great teacher

    Learned sooo much! I have an even greater respect for bees and want to do my part to save them. Great teacher

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    Mary S.
    Reviewed on 03/14/17

    Lauren is an absolutely superb teacher who combines contagious enthusiasm for beekeeping, with an ability to convey large amounts of information in an interesting and integrated manner. Her handouts are outstanding - clear ad very practical. She is generous with her time, answers all levels of questions with respect and clarity, and clearly enjoys interacting with people. The best beekeeping class we have ever attended. Don't miss it!

    Lauren is an absolutely superb teacher who combines contagious enthusiasm for beekeeping, with an ability to convey large amounts of information in an interesting and integrated manner. Her handouts are outstanding - clear ad very practical. She is generous with her time, answers all levels of questions with respect and clarity, and clearly enjoys interacting with people. The best beekeeping class we have ever attended. Don't miss it!

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    Patie J.
    Reviewed on 03/14/17

    Teacher was knowledgeable and prepared and provides a wonderful space for a fascinating class. Highly recommended!

    Teacher was knowledgeable and prepared and provides a wonderful space for a fascinating class. Highly recommended!

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