Learn about Beekeeping!

Click below for details and course descriptions of our beekeeping classes.

2019 (1-Day) Beekeeping 101 Class

Beginning Beekeeper 101 Courses

DEFIANCE COUNTY
Saturday, January 12, 2019
9am – 3pm (45-min. break for lunch)
Defiance County Extension Office

PAULDING COUNTY
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9am – 3pm (45-min. break for lunch)
Paulding County Extension Office

This class will be an overview of what to expect during your first year of beekeeping, including:

  • Costs (bee equipment, bees, support gear)
  • Building (hive bodies & frames)
  • Basic Colony Breakdown (types & breeds of bees)
  • Colony Requirements (forage, water, laws, etc.)
  • Hives (all parts & explanation)
  • Pests & Disease (overview only)
  • Summer Buildup (additional items & costs)
  • Extracting Honey (equipment & gear)
  • Fall & Winter Preparedness (stores, stressors, readiness)
  • Emergency Feeding (different methods)
  • Question & Answers from Mentoring Panel (mentors, experienced beekeepers, and newbees to answer all of your questions)

COST:  $5.00, which includes:

Supply catalogs will also be available from the following apiary vendors:

  • Duane Hathaway
  • Mann Lake
  • Dadant
  • Brushy Mountain
  • Better Bee
  • Blue Sky Bee Supply
  • Kelley Beekeeping
  • OSBA items & information

Coffee, tea, & water will be provided all day.

Lunch will not be provided, You may bring a packed lunch or visit area restaurants.

Please RSVP so that we have enough tables and hand-outs.

Payment accepted day of event.

Questions?
Call Jamie Walters (419) 438-7335

Please mail completed registration form with check/m.o. to:
24645 Flory Rd., Defiance, OH -OR- call (419) 438-7335 for credit card payment options or questions.

Registration Form Download

2019 Beginner Internship

Beginner Internship Class

2nd Saturday of Month (February – November) @ 8:30am – 12:30pm
Defiance County Extension Office

COST:  $200.00 individual / $300.00 couple, which includes:

Supply catalogs will also be available from the following apiary vendors:

  • Duane Hathaway
  • Mann Lake
  • Dadant
  • Brushy Mountain
  • Better Bee
  • Blue Sky Bee Supply
  • Kelley Beekeeping
  • OSBA items & information

Coffee, tea, & water will be provided.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Friday, January 26th by 11:59pm

Please mail completed registration form with check/m.o. to:
24645 Flory Rd., Defiance, OH -OR- call (419) 438-7335 for credit card payment options or questions.

Registration Form Download

CLASSES:

  • February – Getting & building equipment, bees, and proper location
  • March – Biology, pests, disease, and management
  • April – Starts (nuc or package), splits & bait boxes
  • May – Queen breeding, feeding & hive management
  • June – NWOBA Summer Workshop, 23151 Rd. A, Continental, OH
  • July – Honey processing, hive products & pests
  • August – Fall preparation, dearth & feeding
  • September – Winter preparation, feeding & stores
  • October – Making it through Winter & 2nd Year Beekeeping
  • November 16 – Potluck Dinner (5:30pm – 8pm)
2019 Advanced Internship

“Advanced Internship” Class
1st Saturday of Month (February – November) @ 8:30am – 12:30pm
Defiance County Extension Office

COST:  $200.00 individual / $300.00 couple, which includes:

Supply catalogs will also be available from the following apiary vendors:

  • Duane Hathaway
  • Mann Lake
  • Dadant
  • Brushy Mountain
  • Better Bee
  • Blue Sky Bee Supply
  • Kelley Beekeeping
  • OSBA items & information

Coffee, tea, & water will be provided.

To register for this class you must pass a 50 question exam with a score of 80% or higher. Testing is provided online. Please call (419) 438-7335 for exam link and login information.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Friday, January 26, 2019

Please mail completed registration form with check/m.o. to:
24645 Flory Rd., Defiance, OH -OR- call (419) 438-7335 for credit card payment options or questions.

Registration Form Download

CLASSES:

  • February – Winter & Spring inspection
  • March – Spring build-up (1:1 sugar/water, pollen patty)
  • April – Swarm prevention, artificial swarms, nucs & increases
  • May – Drawing comb & wax, rotating & checker boarding frames, cut comb
  • June – Raising Queens (OTS, Miller, Dolittle, dirty or walk away splits)
  • July – Setting up a honey house & hive products
  • August – Honey judging & entries for county fairs & conferences
  • September – Fall preparation (dearth & mass feeding)
  • October – Winter preparation (combining, double screen boards)
  • November 16 – Potluck Dinner (5:30pm – 8pm)