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Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Beekeeping Challenges (online)

A bee collects pollen from a garden flower

Whether you're already a beekeeper with an established colony or a novice who'd like to learn what to expect if you set up a hive, this workshop will teach you the signs and symptoms of common - and less common - challenges that beekeepers face: 

- A range of beekeeping challenges (pests, pathogens and predators) will be addressed with a focus on Integrated Pest Management. Monitoring techniques, recognizing signs and symptoms of problems, and conventional vs alternative treatment methods will be explored.

- Swarming is a natural reproductive strategy of the honey bee colony, but can be problematic at close quarters in the city. This workshop will cover monitoring techniques, what swarming behaviour is telling you about your bees, how to mitigate or prevent swarming and even how to benefit from this natural behaviour. 

- It happens: sometimes a hive/colony will fail, even when you give the bees your best. While a dead colony is heart-breaking, it can be seen as a learning opportunity. We will cover the most common causes of "dead-outs" and strategies to minimize or prevent their occurrence.


Course fee:

$90 plus HST


Monday June 29 - Part One: Pests, Pathogens & Predators, Equipment & Treatments (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Monday July 6 - Part Two: Swarming, Autopsy-ing a Deadout (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST)


Online via Zoom


Registration deadline is midnight on Wednesday June 24. You may register and pay online. After registering, you should receive an email by end of day on the Friday before the course starts with your Zoom login link and password. If you do not receive this email please check your spam folder, and if you can not locate it send an email to by end of day on the Saturday before the course date.