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Posted:Tue, Dec 10th, 2019 9:57:04 am

Basic Beekeeping Course

Basic Beekeeping 2020

Please see below for course details. 

For a fifth year, Perry and Kevin will again be offering a Basic Beekeeping course.

This is a two-day course designed to provide an introduction to the basic aspects of beginning beekeeping. The course will be facilitated by two beekeepers with combined experience of almost 40 years. Perry Brandt of Brandt's Bees and Kevin McKaigue of Nova Nectar Apiaries both run small commercial operations that include the selling of nucs, queen production, pollination and honey production.

Course Outline:

Day 1:
• Hive parts and equipment
• Choosing a bee yard
• Bee life cycle, pests, and diseases
• Field work and hands-on learning

Day 2:
• A year with a hive
• Honey extracting and wax recovery
• Pest identification and treatment
• Field work and hands-on learning

A morning nutrition break will be included on each day. You may take the two-day course on May 23 - 24 or June 6 - 7 at Acadia University campus, Wolfville. The cost will be $200.00 per person, plus HST. While some veils will be available for use, if you have your own, please bring it. Please be advised that while the chance of being stung is low, it is a possibility.

Each course will be limited to a maximum of 16 students (8/1 student/instructor ratio) and participants must be at least 18 years old. Space on each weekend is limited. To reserve your place, a $115.00 non-refundable deposit per person is required.

Please contact:

Perry Brandt at or (902) 300-4171
Kevin McKaigue at or (902) 584-2263