2017 Beekeeping Classes

Attend a Class on Beekeeping! See below for Description of Classes offered in the Cook-DuPage area. Classes are posted arranged by date.

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Beekeeping: Hands-on Mentoring

Join Marge as you suit up and look into the hives in the Lyman Woods Apiary. See first-hand how to prepare your bees for winter, and discuss questions about management techniques and practices. Jackets, veils and gloves are available, but please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. If raining, mentoring will take place indoors.

Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove
Date: October 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $10 Register at www.dgparks.org, search for activity #884070-01

Marketing Honey and other Products of the Hive Workshop

With beekeeping comes honey, wax, and other products of the hive. Learn what marketing avenues there are for these products, and how to go about finding them and preparing for them. Marge Trocki, Beekeeper and Naturalist with the Downers Grove Park District Apiary, will lead the discussion and Q & A! There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
Discussion Objectives:
• Products of the Hive = Yield and Pricing
• Avenues to Sell Products
• Insurance, Licensing, Laws
• Advertising and Marketing
• Display and Packaging Considerations
When & Where: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Cook County Farm Bureau
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: $15 for Cook County FB or CDBA members | $20 non members

Workshop registration, payment, and information:  Contact Debbie at 708-354-3276

Beeswax & Beeswax Candle-making Workshop

The possibilities are endless when it comes to beeswax candles! Find out how to refine beeswax from the hive and how to prepare it for candle making. Try your hand at designing candles from this clean, non-toxic product. Leave with your own hand-rolled candle, and supplies to make your own votive candle at home.
Workshop Objectives: Beeswax: uses, harvesting, and rendering from hive
Candles: dips, molds, votive, rolled candles
When & Where: Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Cook County Farm Bureau
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $20 for Cook County FB or CDBA members | $25 non members
Workshop registration, payment, and information: Contact Debbie at 708-354-3276