Of Flows and Feeding - Beekeeping Class
Get prepared for the year of beekeeping by taking a deep dive into the rhythm of flows and feeding in the PNW. Learn how to manage your hives in relationship to our local honey flows and varying weather patterns. We will discuss timing of flows, how bees should be building up throughout the year, and when/what additional feeding will be most useful to the hive. Even if you don't want to feed or harvest honey, understanding how the bees relate to honey flows over the course of the year is critical to your success as a beekeeper!
We keep our class sizes small (maximum 8 people) so that we can give appropriate attention to every student. Our goal is for you to succeed in your beekeeping endeavor, and we believe that the only way to do that is by working in small groups, teaching through both classroom time and hands-on field work with actual bees.
About your instructor:
Peter has been keeping bees in Seattle backyards for over ten years. In that time, he has grown from 1 hive to 200 beehives, managing hives in 35+ backyards in King County and leading a team of beekeepers. A skilled educator, he has developed the Rainy Day Bees apprenticeship program, taught classes for the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and schools around Seattle, as well as offer 1:1 coaching sessions. Peter loves the science, biology, and mechanics of beekeeping, and sharing everything he learns with others.
- 2-3 hour classroom session in Shoreline learning about timing of flows, maximizing honey production (if desired), and when/what/why to feed for healthy bees.
- An experienced beekeeper you can call with questions, and a Facebook group for you and other students to talk bees on throughout the year (Rainy Day Bees will check in too!)
- 15% discount on consultations at your hives with Rainy Day Bees
- Classroom Day: February 19, 1-4pm (maximum length).
Things to Know:
- Class will focus on beekeeping in Langstroth hives, but can be applied equally to top bar or Warre hives.
- Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to two weeks ahead of your first class for a 50% refund.
- Class duration is an estimate. We want/expect students to bring lots of questions, so class duration will vary based on what people want to talk about.
- Have any questions? Email us!
- COVID-19 POLICY (subject to change based on city/county/state pandemic rules, or changing conditions of the pandemic): Participants will need to be masked for all indoor/classroom sessions. Indoor sessions will be either in our greenhouse or workshop in Shoreline, WA, depending on the state of construction in our shop. Both will have ample ventilation, and heaters. But do dress warmly or in layers.