February 23 and 24, 2013
Berkshire Community College
1350 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Class Schedule, as usual, will be 8:30am to 4:00pm. Gather at 8:30, class starts at 9am. Lunch is an hour at noon.
Tuition: $200. Register before midnight on Valentine's Day (Feb 14th) and pay only $175.
Meals are included! Bee School makes a great Valentine's Day gift!
Register online at http://www.goldstarhoneybees.com or by calling 207-449-1121.
A Gold Star Top Bar Beekeeping Weekend Intensive includes:
"Bee Buzz"Â - Two full days of learning with an excited group of like-minded folks, concerned about our environment and the health of the honey bee.
"Four "Sessions"Â - History, Bee Biology, Bee Diseases, Hive Management - each with relevant presentations narrated with pointed details and amusing anecdotes to make the information come alive.
"How Did We Get Here From There?"Â - A history of beekeeping through the last couple of hundred years, which has brought us to todays industrial methods. What effect is this having on honey bees?
"Terrible Things That Can Happen To Your Wonderful Bees"Â - Forewarned is forearmed! Know how to recognize pest and disease problems in the hive.
"When To Do What and Why" -- Hands-on: Instruction/demonstration of hive inspection techniques, comb handling, mite monitoring, wax rendering, hive management methods, splitting, honey harvesting, winterizing.
"Gold Star Graduates" - you and your fellow students will be part of a growing support system in the future as greener beekeeping methods spread.
A Certificate of Beginning... Beekeeping is a journey - and we hope that today's beekeepers continue their journey into a healthier, green future. Students receive a signed certificate marking the beginning of this wonderful journey.