April 2, 2016

Beginner Beekeeping

  •  May 25, 2016
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The goals of this class are to build a basic knowledge of what is required (time, effort, money) in order to manage honeybees in northern Minnesota, and to provide experience assembling Mann Lake hive kits. There will be a short informational lecture, and then students will assemble their own hives and frames. There will be one weekend site visit (Saturday) to witness and participate in a hive inspection (weather permitting).


Participants will walk away with a complete hive and learn basic beekeeping skills such as hive placement, the types of different honey bees, as well as tool uses and personal protection options.


  • Wednesday, May 25, 6p – 9p
  • Thursday, May 26, 6p – 9p
  • Friday, May 27, 6p – 9p
  • Saturday, May 28, 1p – 4p (hive visit)

Participants will have time to assemble their own hives and frames. There will be a hive visit to witness and participate in a hive inspection (weather permitting).

Physical Notes

  • Full hives can weigh up to 90 pounds
  • Participants may be exposed to live bees


$267 (includes registration and materials)

Instructor’s Responsibility – Materials

  • Mann Lake Complete Hive
    • 1 9⅝” (24.45 cm) Unassembled 10 Frame Hive Body
    • 1 Assembled Telescoping Cover w/Inner Cover
    • 1 Assembled Bottom Board w/Reducer
    • 10 9⅛” (23.18 cm) Unassembled Frames Groove Top/Groove Bottom
    • 10 8½” Waxed Rite-Cell® Foundation
    • 7D & 1¼” Nails for assembly
  • Extra hats/veils, hive tools, smoker
  • Drill and bits
  • Hammer
  • Complete hive w/frames
  • Table clothes
  • Paint
  • Glue/paper plates
  • Hive kits
  • Computer
  • Honey
  • Craft Sticks
  • Flavor wheel
  • Store bought honey
  • Local honey
  • Fake honey

Participant’s Responsibility

  • Personal protection for site visit
    • Hat and veil (Baseball hat and bug net will work)
    • Leather work gloves with elastic wrist
    • Long pants and long-sleeve shirt you don’t mind getting dirty
    • Close-toed shoes/boots
  • Hammer
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to apiary. Carpooling encouraged.

Class Size

10 Maximum


3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth, Minnesota, 55803, United States


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