2016 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class February 23 - March 29

We will be having a Beginner Beekeeping Class this spring running from Feb 23 to Mar 29 on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm. The 2016 class consisting of 6 sessions of approximately 2 hours in length. One of the sessions will be half class and half association meeting. Each session will cover multiple topics and there will be a break included. The classes will be held at TBD located at TBD, Silverdale.

If you or your family is interested in learning about bees and possibly getting an hive of honeybees, then this is the class for you. No prior knowledge of farming or beekeeping is required. This class is where you can get started.

The cost of the Beginner beekeeping class is $50. Included in the cost of the class fee is a one year family membership in the West Sound Beekeepers Association ($20 value), A study booklet ($10 value), and an apprentice beekeeper certificate and patch ($5 value) Upon completion of the 10 section exam, an apprentice beekeeper certificate and patch is awarded. The certificates are actually issued by the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Additional booklets may be purchased at the $10 cost if your family wants more than a single book. If multiple members are getting certified it will cost an additional $5 for each additional member taking the test to cover the cost of certificates and patches. Becomming a member of the West Sound Bee Association gets you access to the association's library, meetings, apiary activities, yahoo group, and most importantly access to the members willing to share their beekeeping knowledge.

This class will teach you what is necessary to get started in beekeeping. It follows the Washington State Bee Association Booklet mostly but has been expanded somewhat to include additional useful information. There are many optional methods to approach beekeeping and an unlimited number of conflicting opinions. We hope to help you find the best path for your beekeeping adventures.

If any surplus funds are raised by this class, they will go toward funding other West Sound Bee Association activities such as expanding the reading library, funding the apiary for supporting other classes, funding the student grant, or one of many other activities sponsored by the West Sound Bee Association. It is hoped that class attendees will participate in many of the association activities this year and continue to be an active member of the association in future years so they develop into accomplished beekeepers.

In addition to this Beginning Class, we also have some hands-on classes, and some more advanced classes later in the year. I would encourage you to take all of the classes you can fit into your schedule and your budget for the first year. By the time the more advance classes come around, you will be ready to build on the knowledge you have already obtained.

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The schedule is as follows (modified 10/31/15 the dates are estimates, topics will shift around a bit):
  • Tue Feb 23 6pm - 8pm - Session 1 - Class overview, Bee and Hive life cycles, Honeybee and her products, hive types, tools and clothing. First year in the apiary
  • Tue Mar 01 6pm - 8pm - Session 2 - Beekeeping Equipment, Making a start in beekeeping, spring management
  • Tue Mar 08 6pm - 8pm - Session 3 - Swarm management, Honeybee mites, Honey Bee diseases and pests
  • Tue Mar 15 6pm - 8:30pm - Session 4/Association meeting
  • Tue Mar 22 6pm - 8pm - Session 5 - Summer management and Honey Production, Fall Management, Disease/Pest treatment plan, Treatment free beekeeping
  • Tue Mar 29 6pm - 8pm - Session 6 - Queen Rearing, pollination, hive product marketing, yearly recap, Becomming a complete beekeeper, Class closeout

  • Sat April 16 (est) - Package Arrival Day, Demos 10-12. (- remember to order packages between TBD through Stedman Bee Supplies)

2016 Calendar for West Sound Beekeepers Association events Click Here. for 2016 West Sound Beekeeper Association events. It shows the meeting times, class times and special event times. (Not yet completed for 2016)
2015- 2016 Monthly - Regular West Sound Beekeepers Association meetings are at 7:00p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Stedman's Bee Supplies located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale, Washington. (The August meeting takes the form of a picnic and the December meeting takes the form of a dinner party.) The planned presentations so far are (modified 10/31/15):

  • 2015
  • Tue Oct 20 7pm - Annual Meeting (Elections, Budget Approval)
  • Tue Nov 17 7pm - George Purkett - "Bee population through the year"
  • Tue Dec 15 6pm - Dinner (Potluck Dinner/Auction/Party)..oh yea...Silverdale United Methodist Church 9982 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA
  • 2016
  • Tue Jan 19 7pm -
  • Tue Feb 16 7pm -
  • Tue Mar 15 7pm - March only - special location: (following beginner class)
  • Tue Apr 19 7pm -
  • Tue May 17 7pm -
  • Tue Jun 21 7pm -
  • Tue Jul 19 7pm -
  • Sat Aug 20 Noon til 4pm - Picnic (no presentation)
  • Tue Sep 20 7pm -
  • Tue Oct 18 7pm - Annual Meeting (Elections, Budget Approval)
  • Tue Nov 15 7pm -
  • Tue Dec 20 6pm - Dinner (Potluck Dinner/Auction/Party)..oh yea...Silverdale United Methodist Church 9982 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA

2016 Monthly Apiary activities Prior to Regular West Sound Beekeepers Association meetings (see above) We started these popular activities in 2014 and will continue to have them in 2016. As daylight and weather permits, beekeeper volunteers will be available in the association apiary prior to the association meetings. We hope to use this time to assist you with questions or problems you may be having in your own apiary. If you have not questions but need more time in the apiary with bees, that works well. Stop by and take advantage of these great opportunities.

We are hoping to get a few volunteers to help with this effort and become apiary assistants. If hives need any maintenance, we may be able to accomplish some of that as well. Apiary assistants are needed will all levels of experience and knowledge. This is one of the opportunities we added in 2014. We hope this will be well attended and can be fully supported so it can be a very beneficial resource for our members. It is recommended you bring and wear a veil when participating in events in the apiary. We may put together planned topics for some of the activities, as we do we will add details below and/or send a notice out to the yahoo group. (updated 10/31/2015)

Apiary events

  • Tue Apr 19 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(weather permitting)
  • Tue May 17 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Jun 21 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Jul 19 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Sep 20 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
2016 Beginner Hands-on classes The Hands-on Beginner Classes planned for 2016. Our first formal hands-on classes were given in 2013. In 2014 we greatly expanded the class offerings. Until we come up with more volunteer instructors, we have to scale back the offerings. Please contact the association treasurer to register for these hands on classes.

Here are the details of the Classes:

Hands-on Beginner Class 1.0 Details: This one session class is intended help get beginning beekeepers comfortable with basic hive inspection which includes: Getting prepared, Apiary Safety, Starting a smoker, opening a hive, using a hive tool effectively, inspecting a hive, knowing what to look for and recording the inspection. A veil is required for the class as you will be opening hives of bees. Many of the students will come directly from buying a veil, smoker, and hive tool not knowing how to use them. This class runs approx 2 hours.

Hands-on Beginner Class 1.5 Details: This class will cover the same content as beginner class 1.0 a few weeks later. Many students learn by repeating processes. There will also be some students that could not attend the 1.0 class. The 1.5 class will likely cover more details as the students will have some hands-on experience to base their questions on. This class runs approx 2 hours.

Class Details and Registration Hands-on Beginner Classes 1.0 and 1.5 will either be limited to 12 students or fewer depending upon suitable hive availability. To accommodate more students, we add more class times. The Hands-on Classes will generally be $20 per session. This fee will cover the expenses for the classes and help recover some of the cost of the apiary. Enrollment in a class will occur when payment is made. Signup sheets for these Hands-on classes are at the Beginning classes and at meetings prior to the class. We may add additional class times if we have instructors available, hives workable and too many students for the planned classes.

We will compile a waiting list for each class that fills up and see if we can add additional class time(s). Additionally, we would like to know as soon as possible if you cannot make it to a session once you are registered for a class. We will try to fill the session from the waiting list. As some classes have students working in pairs, it is best if we have an even number of students. We also have need of assistants for these classes; if interested contact Elizabeth (wsba volunteer coordinator).

Hands-on Beginner Class 1.0 dates and times: 36 student max capacity
  • Class A Saturday 9am, Dates: April 09
  • Class B Saturday 11am, Dates April 09
  • Class C Saturday 1pm, Dates April 09
Hands-on Beginner Class 1.5 dates and times: 36 student max capacity
  • Class A Saturday 9am, Dates: April 23
  • Class B Saturday 11am, Dates April 23
  • Class C Saturday 1pm, Dates April 23

If you have questions or comments, please contact George at purkettg@westsoundbees.org. for class registration, contact Elizabeth

Treasurer - treasurer@westsoundbees.org Currently there are no formal classes scheduled in May, but there may be non-class activities in the association apiary sponsored by the apiary manager. Watch the Yahoo group messages, Facebook group messages, or Newsletter for information. Updated 10/31/2015

Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest 2016 Note: This is about two months after package day. First year beekeepers should have had enough time by now to absorb the beginner class material and recognize from looking in their new hives to realize their is a lot more to learn about what is going on inside the hive. There is a 32 student limit on this class, so register early to reserve your space.) Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 18th, 2016 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our regular meeting location at Stedman Bee Supplies. This class is taught by members of the West Sound Bee Association. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowledge and become a better beekeeper. Whether you have years of beekeeping experience or mid way into your first year of beekeeping, this class is for you. Our local environment can make certain aspects of beekeeping more challenging at particular times of the year. We will never know what is always best for our bees, but the more we know and understand, the better chance we have of doing what is right for them. This class will help you on your way in becoming a better beekeeper! We'll take a more in depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention, increase honey yields and tricks of the trade. There will be hands on demonstrations in the afternoon so all beekeepers must bring a hat and veil or suit. For example you will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as making splits, sugar rolls, sugar dusting and mite counts, hygienic testing, etc. Download Details and Registration Form

  • European Honey Bee Biology
  • Types of Flowers Used
  • Equipment Use Review
  • Workings of the Hive
  • Swarm prevention
  • Splits
  • Varroa Mite, Tracheal Mite & Nosema
  • Seasonal Management
  • Pulling the Surplus Honey
  • The Extraction Process
  • Honey Marketing
Queen Rearing in the Pacific Northwest 2016 We continue to improve upon this class since changing our focus to beepeepers with 2-4 hives and encouraging beekeepers to begin growing there own queens. This is still a single day class but we will be allowing some of the students to assist in the apiary setup in the two weeks prior to the class. Much of what is covered in the class is practised during the setup. The students assisting will get additional practice and the instructors may be able to have more hands to make the setup efforts a little easier. (There is a 16 student limit on this class, so register early to reserve your space.) Join us for our Queen Rearing Course Saturday June 04th , 2016 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our regular meeting location at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for beekeepers that are looking for hands on instruction for learning how to grow quality queens in their apiary. Also for beekeepers interested in the process and practice of growing queens. Download Details and Registration Form

  • Swarm box Method of Queen Rearing hive setup
  • Cloak Board Method of Queen Rearing hive setup
  • Mating Nuc Setup
  • Grafting larva to grow queens
  • Non-Grafting method to grow queens
  • ...and more
2016 WSBA Board Meetings The 2016 scheduled Board Meetings for WSBA are listed below: All members are invited to attend the board meetings, participate in the discussions to help steer the association's activities and events in a direction you would like to see it go. If you have grand ideas or plans or simply have some time to kill, please stop by. If you do not have grand ideas but have some time, the board might be able to find some fun or exciting tasks to send your way.

  • Tue, Jan 11 6:00pm - 7:30pm Board Meeting (finalize schedule for the year)
  • Tue, Apr 5 6:00pm - 7:30pm Board Meeting (Spring Events focus)
  • Tue, Jul 5 6:00pm - 7:30pm Board Meeting (Summer Events focus, Assign Budget Committee)
  • Tue, Oct 4 6:00pm - 7:30pm Board Meeting (prep for elections/next budget)
2016 - For Teens interested in Beekeeping ...West Sound Bee Association is offering two study grants worth up to $200.00 each to pay for bee equipment, bees, supplies and/or tools to help someone get started in beekeeping. To get more details, Click Here. Note: The forms may have old dates, but they still work.
Summer Picnic... Sat Aug 20 , 2016
Summer potluck Picnic... Sat Aug 20 , 2016 Noon til 4pm at Stedmans. Located under the large trees in field in the back. On hot days, there is shade and a nice breeze.
Look for more details in the August Newsletter.
Find us at the Kitsap Fair... Aug 24-28, 2016
We have a booth located with the Master Gardeners in the Presidents Hall.
We will have an observation hive as well as a couple tables filled with information. We hope to have the booth staffed with at least two members at all times. If you are a member and have time, please help us staff the booth and answer questions and talk about bees. If you happen to visit the fair, please stop by the booth and talk to the beekeeper(s) staffing the booth. If you are not a member but have an interest in becoming a beekeeper, please stop by the booth and find out what it is all about.
Introduction to Beekeeping - 2 hour class... Sept 10, 2016
Are you thinking about getting a hive of Honeybees? Maybe you would like better pollination for your garden and orchard or maybe you want to produce honey from your back yard. Perhaps you have a fascination with life and stewardship of creatures you don't fully understand? Or maybe you have been reading about the health benefits of pollen, honey, propolis, bee venom, and want to start up your own personal research. There are many reasons to get bees. Getting started can be a little overwhelming as there are many conflicting and confusing sources of information available. Hopefully, we can add some clarity and enable you to turn that idea into a reality. In 2 hours we will not cover everything but you will have a good feel for what you are getting into with keeping honeybees. Time:Sat. Sept 10, 2016 10am til noon. Location: Stedman Bee Supplies, 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale. Cost: $10 per individual or family. Registration: sign up at the Fair, the august meeting, or contacting the president of wsba
  • Bee life cycle and hive life cycle
  • Clothing, hive types and hive tools
  • First year in the apiary
  • Beginning classes, hands on instruction, learning.
  • Beekeeping costs
  • Recommendations for beginning.
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