Bee School

Would you like to increase your beekeeping skills?

An Intermediate Bee School, co-sponsored by RIBA and RIC will be held in July 2017 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.

You can sign up for the Friday morning class or the Saturday morning class:

Friday, July 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. then out to the bee yard. Rain date for lab: Sunday, July 9th – 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m then out to the bee yard.

Rain date for lab: Sunday July 9th – 11:00 a.m. – Noon.

Please contact Betty Mencucci at 568-8449 or bmencucci@verizon.net for additional information.

REGISTRATION FORM FOR DOWNLOAD

Once you have your registration filled out send your
check and the form to the address below
RIBA
PO Box 64
Greenville, RI 02828

Would You Like to Learn Beekeeping?  Bee School

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, 2017.  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

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