Bee School

Bee School

2018 Beginner
Beekeeping Classes

Rhode Island College, Providence Campus: Fridays Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2 (snow day March 9)9:00 AM – 11:30 AM        Instructor: Betty Mencucci


Rhode Island College, Providence Campus: Saturdays Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3 (snow day March 10)
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM         Instructor: Betty Mencucci


Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol: Thursdays Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1 (snow day March 8)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM           Instructor: Ed Karle


URI, Kingston Campus: Thursdays Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1 (snow day March 8)6:00 PM – 8:30 PM           Instructor: Steve Burke


URI, Kingston Campus: Saturdays Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3 (snow day March 10)
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM         Instructor: Steve Burke

The course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. A variety of beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated. The cost for the 5-week course is $65.00 per person. This includes all course materials, a textbook and membership dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association through December 31, 2018. As room space is available, additional family members at the same address may attend and share course materials for $10.00 each. We reserve the right to limit family members. Advance registration is required. To enroll, print out the registration form and send with your check payable to:

RI Beekeepers Association
PO Box 64
Greenville, RI 02828

You will receive directions and parking information from your instructor. For more information you may email the instructors: bmencucci@verizon.net ewkarle@yahoo.com or steve@stephenhburkelaw.com or call Betty Mencucci at 401-568-8449.

RIBA Bee School 2018 FORM

Would You Like to Learn Beekeeping?  

Beginner Beekeeping Classes start in February each year.  The next RIBA Bee School will start in February 2018 to prepare new beekeepers for starting hives in Spring 2018.

It has been very popular and successful for folks to get on the Advance Notice List to get registration information as soon as it becomes available in the Fall, 2018.  It doesn’t obligate you to anything but you will be the first to know when we know.

This course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know.  Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering.  A variety of beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated each week.

To sign up for the Advance Notice List, please send your name, contact information and preferred location of northern RI (RI College, Providence RI) or southern  (University of RI, Kingston RI) to Betty Mencucci:  bmencucci@verizon.net
or send it by US mail to:  RIBA Bee School,  PO Box 64,  Greenville,  RI  02828

Intermediate Beekeeping Class
Would you like to increase your beekeeping skills?

An Intermediate Bee School, co-sponsored by RIBA and RIC will usually be held in July at Rhode Island College. It consists of a 2 hour classroom session and a 1 hour lab in the apiary at the college. The school will be taught by Betty Mencucci and is open to all members of RIBA who have some beekeeping experience or who have taken the beginner class and are seeking to advance their beekeeping knowledge and skills.

The class will deal with subjects such as colony inspection, finding the queen, requeening a colony, evaluating the strength and health of the hive, swarm prevention, creating splits, best practices for colony management and expansion, and determining levels of varroa mites and best treatment methods.

The cost of the class is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. The number of enrollees will be limited to 25 students per class.

PLEASE STAY TUNED AND CHECK WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

We offer Intermediate classes in the summer for those who wish to increase their beekeeping skills.   As summer approaches, check back for more information.