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Beginning Beekeepers’ 2-Day Workshop - Cook County Farm Bureau

The Basic Beekeepers’ Workshop is designed to take the uninitiated from scratch and turn them into knowledgeable, enthusiastic beekeepers.  All of the important components of bee keeping will be covered in detail in this course: learning about the honey bees biology, lifecycle, and nutrition, caste system, to basic beekeeping, hive management, components and products.

In addition to valuable information and resources shared the course will include frame and hive assembly demonstration, uncapping and extraction demonstration, highlighting the tools used in the art of beekeeping!  This 12 hour program running 2 consecutive days will be held at the Cook County Farm Bureau Meeting Room.  Light beverages and snacks provided, participants should bring a sack lunch as it will be a working lunch.  Register for the class by calling the Cook County Farm Bureau office at 708-354-3276 or by emailing membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org.

Price: CCFB /CDBA member fee is $75 and non-member fee is $100 if registered by Monday January 19, 2015.
Dates: January 24, 2015 &  January 25, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 3:30 pm

Advanced Beekeeping 1-Day Workshop – Cook County Farm Bureau

The Advanced Beekeepers’ Workshop is designed for beekeepers with at least one full season of beekeeping under their belt. Select topics covered in detail include: small scale queen rearing techniques, recognition of Pests, Predators, Parasites and Disease, organic treatments, seasonal best practices, spring start-up, fall and wintering best practices, honey flow, swarm prevention, collection, and extractions. A round –table discussion will be covered in detail, and class participation is recommended. It is a 6 hour program running, Saturday, February 21, 2014. Class is located at the Cook County Farm Bureau.  Register for the class by calling the Cook County Farm Bureau office at 708-354-3276 or by emailing membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org.

Price: CCFB /CDBA member fee is $40 and non-member fee is $70 if registered by Monday, February 16th.
Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 3:30 pm

Additional Chicago Area Winter Beekeeping Classes

There are a number of classes for beginner beekeepers offered in Chicago and the suburbs.  Follow this link to find out more information on some of the classes offered.

 

Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Mentoring Get Together

The next mentoring get together will be held on Sunday, February 7th at 8:00 am.  The informal get together meets at the York Rd. McDonalds in Hinsdale. It’s a good opportunity to meet with other beekeepers in the area to “Talk Bees” and share some knowledge over a cup of coffee and an Egg McMuffin.  For further information and directions, visit the Calendar of Events page.

Mentoring meeting

For Sale!

Do you have some beekeeping related merchandise that you would like to sell?  Are you a member of the Cook Dupage Beekeepers Association?  If you answered ‘Yes’ to both questions, you may now list your items on the new For Sale page.   Please use the Contact Us page to submit information about any items you would like to sell.