The Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) is starting a NEW Beekeeping Certificate Program taught by Mike Mackiewicz, Owner of Bone Lake Meadows Apiary. Learn the details and seasonal steps for beekeeping from building your hives to harvesting honey and making mead. This year WEI is offering an exciting and comprehensive beekeeping class which consists of 9 classes which meet every 4th Sunday at the WEI Amador Hill Farm and Orchard starting on February 26th.
Class schedule: Feb 26: Introduction and Overview of the Beekeeping Class March 26: Building Hives Boxes and Frames/Equipment Overview April 23: Setting up Hives and Installing Bees/ Splitting Second-Year Hives May 28: Hive Day/Planning Flower Power for Pollinators June 25: Hive Day/ Assessing Honey in the Hives July 23: Hive Day/Mite Controls Aug 27: Extracting Honey Sept.24: Making Mead Oct. 22: Winterizing the Hives
Valley Access Channels of the Central St. Croix Valley Joint Cable Commission on 9/11/2014 made a video recording of this presentation on Dr. Krischik's research findings on the effects of Neonicotinoids on bees and has it on youtube. This is timely information given the numerous concerned citizens and policy makers throughout the state and their efforts to make good policy for all.
Dr. Vera Krischik, Entomologist: “Neonicotinyl Insecticides and Bees -- Is the Threat Real?