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Introduction to Beekeeping

El Rio Mobile Home Park 2120 N. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California

If you've ever been interested in beekeeping but didn't know where to begin, this session is tailor-made for you. Our seasoned beekeeping expert will delve into crucial aspects, including beekeeping equipment, hive establishment, and sourcing bees for the upcoming Spring season. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on your beekeeping adventure!

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Dr. Tom Seeley: How a honey bee swarm chooses it home.

El Rio Mobile Home Park 2120 N. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California

The bees in a swarm make their choice of their new dwelling place collectively and democratically. They stake their future on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. We will look at how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, and choose […]

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SPLITS

El Rio Mobile Home Park 2120 N. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California

Splits in beekeeping refer to the intentional division of a single hive into multiple colonies, allowing beekeepers to expand their beekeeping operation or prevent swarming. This practice involves carefully separating bees, brood, and resources to create new, self-sustaining hives. In this introduction, we'll explore the art and science of beekeeping splits, discussing when, why, and […]

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May Madness: Beekeeping Seasonal Management for Peak Honey Production

El Rio Mobile Home Park 2120 N. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California

In May, beekeepers focus on maximizing honey production as nectar flows peak in many regions. They monitor hive health closely, ensuring adequate space for the expanding colony and managing swarming behavior. Additionally, beekeepers may begin preparations for the summer dearth by providing supplementary feeding if necessary and maintaining vigilance against pests and diseases. Parking Instructions

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“Queen Rearing (with Grafting Demo)” by Aiden Wing

El Rio Mobile Home Park 2120 N. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California

Join us for an enlightening session on Queen Rearing with a focus on grafting techniques, presented by the experienced beekeeper Aiden Wing. This meeting will offer a practical demonstration of grafting methods, essential for successful queen bee cultivation, and provide attendees with actionable insights into advanced beekeeping practices. Enhance your apiary skills and network with […]

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