Treatment-free Beekeeping courses

This is a hands on and classroom style course

Introduction to Beekeeping

The best teacher is the experience and time spent with the bees, but first we need to understand the super-organism that is the hive. From purchasing your first bees, through installation and a seasons care, we will go over the many facets of beehive management.

You will leave with the confidence and understanding of how to care for and manage your colonies treatment free, the importance of bee math, what equipment you need and what you don't, the basics of expansion and an understanding of how to use all of your senses to 'read' the sensual atmosphere of the hive.  

Expansion Beekeeping

This is not a queen grafting lesson.


Taking advantage of the bees natural tendencies to swarm and thus expand their numbers can allow us to grow our apiaries and operations. A strong overwintered colony will attempt to raise a queen and split into a swarm often seen as a loss of productivity but what if we let them, and even help them, to reach their destiny and desire. The hive knows within 20 minutes it is Queenless and will immediately begin to raise a new queen, in fact it will raise many, on a very predictable schedule. Learn the bee math behind this phenomenon and turn one hive into 2,3,6 or even 10 new hives.

Treatment Free Beekeeping


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    "The ecologically-destructive path we are on is as if all of humanity is in a giant car heading towards a brick wall at 100 miles per hour. Everyone in it is arguing about where to sit. Permaculturalists are some of the only ones who know how to put on the brakes and turn the wheel

                                                                                                                                     Dr David Suzuki
                                                                                                 award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster

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    Jerseyville, Ontario


    Farm Open

    June 1 to Oct 15



    ​​Ancaster Farmers Market

    37 Halson St, Ancaster, ON L9G 2B9

    Wed      3pm-7pm    June 13 - Oct 15

    Dundas Farmers Market

    11 Miller's Ln, Hamilton, ON L9H

    Thurs    3pm-7pm   June 7 - Oct 28

    Terra winter market-Hamilton

    Saturday 10am-3pm   Jan 7 -March 17


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