2019 Locations: Classes will be held at beautiful sites in Inver grove Heights, MN Fridley, MN or Osceola, WI
Cost: $600 for all 14, 2 hour sessions. Join with friends or family!-3 people max allowed per hive. (discounts if paying in Cash or with Check) Includes instruction, hand outs, smokers and hive tools. You must provide your own protective gear. We rent beekeeping suits at orientation
Dates and Times: Classes will be held roughly every other week Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays excluding holidays. Make up classes allowed at different locations on different days. Exact dates and times are available when you choose a location and register below.
This intensive course covers techniques based on sustainable beekeeping practices for year-round management in colder climates.
Each 2hour session follows a beekeeper’s year, and will cover a management topic more in depth.
How to choose and/or assemble equipment
How to install a new hive in the spring
How to split a wintered hive and introduce queens
How to make nucs and utilize them in your apiary
How to assess colony health, identify nectar flows and pollen sources
Spring through fall management techniques for successful overwintering
Disease management including integrated pest management-drone comb removal, mite checks, organic treatments and more
Harvesting honey and extracting/bottling techniques. *Extraction at the Beez Kneez Honey House on The beez KNeez Honey Cycle pedal-powered extractors!
Over-Wintering your hive
Efficient record keeping to aid hive management
We have taught over 200 students with this course since 2015 and are proud of the community of beekeepers we are able to share knowledge with. Beekeeping is not what it used to be. Bees and therefore beekeepers are facing many challenges and as stewards of the land and healthy ecosystems, we have an obligation to approach bees and beekeeping in a responsible manner. Just like bees, you will work and learn as a group to strengthen your abilities and our growing community of beekeepers. All experience levels welcome and encouraged.
****This class meets the education requirement for beekeeping permits in Mpls and St. Paul
Just completed Camp Beez Kneez 2017- it was a lot of fun and I learned so much! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in becoming a beekeeper. I am enjoying the honey we extracted from camp and will probably have to stop by the honey house sometime soon to get more!—Kelly George
Kristy has built an exceptional business and resource for local beekeepers with The Beez Kneez. My husband and I have extracted honey with them in the past and are this year taking part in Camp Beez Kneez to learn more about being successful stewards of honeybees. It is a thoughtful, exciting, and extremely informative experience. Two antennae up for Kristy and Beez Kneez!—-Jenny MJ Lund Nelson