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USU Extension & WBA Fall Beekeeper Class

This 2 day course is for current beekeepers and beginning beekeepers. We will cover basic bee biology and beehive behavior entering fall and winter, fall hive management, preparing hives for winter survival, honey harvesting, feeding, mite management, and spring hive survival and hive management.

Each session will incorporate classroom instruction and demonstration as well as hive visits at the USU Extension Wheeler Farm apiary. (Bring beekeeping suits and gloves.)

Instructors include beekeeping experts from USU Extension faculty, WBA beekeepers, Bee Inspectors and community experts.

Wednesday, August 24, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 17, 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 South 900 East, Murray, UT 84121

* To register for the class online, please go to: eventbrite

For current WBA members, tuition is $50 for one person and $70 for two people registering for the class together.

For non-WBA members, tuition is $80 for one person and $100 for two people registering for the class together.

Non-member registration includes an annual Wasatch Beekeepers Association membership (a $20 value). Registration cost covers materials needed for the course and information and resources to take home.

State Fair Signup & Mite-A-Thon

We need volunteers for the State Fair, which runs from September 9th through 19th. Each shift needs 2 people and is 4 hours long. Please sign-up here.

The summer Pollinator Partnership Mite-A-Thon runs from Aug 14 through the 29th. All beekeepers are welcome to upload their mite check data.

May 20 Meeting

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will be meeting ONLY online.

Thursday, May 20, 7:00 PM

Because we cannot as yet meet in person, we are continuing to meet online on Facebook to serve as many as we can during this time. To be notified of the video when we go live, we recommend making sure that you are a member of our Facebook group. This will be available for later viewing, but we highly encourage joining us live for the Q&A if you can.

Our swarm coordinator, Julie Arthur, will give an update on swarms.

Our guest speaker, Master Beekeeper Scott Debman, will discuss:

  • Varroa mite life cycle
  • How varroa mites affect honey bees and survival

If you would like to see how to do a mite check you can check out this video on our YouTube channel.

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