Beekeeping – A Honey of a Hobby
Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping. Registration for the course is now open. Registration will close when the class is full or on January 5th, 2022. Register as early as possible as the class usually fills to capacity.
The course consists of seven (7) sessions and covers the following material:
- Introduction to Beekeeping
- Honey Bee Biology
- Spring / Summer Management
- Fall / Winter Management
- Maintaining Healthy Bees
- Nectar Sources
- Honey Extraction
- Products of the Hive
In the final class, students will be shown how to install bees. Many students order bees during the class and start their first hives after completing the course. By that time, even those completely new to beekeeping will have the knowledge and the connections to start their own apiary.Read More
Our next AABA meeting will be held on May 18th.
6:30 Q&A moderated by President Ryan Smith. This is an opportunity to ask your questions, and get inputs from fellow club members
7:00 Lessons learned from the MCBA Training Apiary, Maureen Jais-Mick
Maureen Jais-Mick, Manager of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Bee Yard, will speak on
“Lessons from the MCBA Training Apiary,” including the yard’s purposes, apiary beekeeping philosophy,
legal requirements, bee yard rules, and day-to-day management.
7:30 Beekeeping in Europe, Allan Storm
Storm will provide a discussion about beekeeping in Europe. By late Middle Ages, beekeeping was well
established in Europe due to the demands for wax and candles by the church. Almost every region had
its traditional form of housing for bees. Some had hinged doors or open backs that could be covered until
time to remove honey. He will also talk about some of the European regulations and how they manage
the threats of honey bee health, hive management, and honey quality control.