Our PRETTY STOKED package is for the beekeeper who may already have bees, or just wants to learn more about these miraculous critters. This package opens up 6 virtual classes and will allow you to hone your knowledge in the world of bees! If you want to attend any of the in person classes at the stoked farm you will be able to join those as well with this package.
We will be filming our classes throughout the summer in order to capture the full spectrum of events in a beekeeping season... The first virtual class will be available on May 15th. It will be sent through an email portal to the participants. The classes will be periodically released in this email portal throughout the summer..
This course will go from May 1st - November 1st. In these classes we will teach you everything we know from the basics to optimizing honey production to effective wintering strategies.
6 VIRTUAL: (Release Date) TItle
1. (May 15th) Meet the Bees
2. (June 15th) Spring check/ Intro to honey production
3. (July 15th) Bloom targeting/ Swarm control
4. (August 15th) Honey harvest/ Honey processing
5. (September 15th) Post harvest check/ Winter prep
6. (October 15th) Wintering strategies
12 IN PERSON:
These will take place at the Stoked Farm at 2102 Sterling Hwy. Homer AK.
1. April 24th (Meet the Bees)
2. May 8th (Spring check, Bee anatomy, Colony structure)
3. May 22nd (Dandelions, cluster development, nectar flows 101)
4. June 5th (The Doldrums)
5. June 19th (Swarm control 101)
6. July 3rd (FIREWEED BLOOM, Queen management)
7. July 17th (Intro to the honey, How to optimize your crop)
8. July 31st (Queen excluders, Honey pull, TIMING)
9. August 14 ( THE HARVEST!)
10. August 28th (Honey processing, Winter prep, Feeding)
11. Sept 11th ( Post harvest moves, Wintering strategies)
12. Sept 25th (Making weight, Colony contraction, Winter prep/ storage)
After keeping 100+ beehives in Alaska for the last 6 years we have learned a thing or two about what to do, and what not to do with bees here in Alaska. It can be a little daunting to start keeping bees up here. Let us share with you our experience and best practices. Learn from our mistakes, not yours!
For more information on the Reid family honeybee farm click Here.