Beginner Beekeeping

With Phil Craft

Kentucky State University
Kentucky State Beekeepers Association through funding from the Kentucky State University is proud to host Beginner Beekeeping with Phil Craft.

This is an online course for members of KSBA.

More virtual seats added!

If you are registered you do not need to register again.  Alternates will be added to the roster automatically.

This class is a MUST for those with no, or limited, knowledge about the science and practice of beekeeping. (Can be skipped by those with an understanding of beekeeping, – i.e. those with bees who know that they need basic, beginning, beekeeping education”)

This class will cover what beekeeping equipment is needed, including a hive, for the new beekeeper to get started.

How does a new beekeeper acquire bees for the first time? This session will discuss the BEST alternatives for the new beekeeper to purchase bees for the first time. Packages, or nucleus (nucs) hives, though there are other ways . . .

Will include choosing a hive location, being considerate of your neighbors, children & pets. Installing package bees & nucs. Stings! The first couple of weeks of management. And more on protective clothing.

Discussion of what to look for in inspecting hives, starting & using a smoker, breakdown of management in terms of spring, or early management, summer management, with emphasis on the first few months. Discussion of swarming.

More hive management – midsummer. Diseases, parasites, & pest management. Including varroa mites, American & European foulbrood, nosema disease, chalkbrood, wax moths & small hive beetles.

Including Making Honey & Supering. Mid-summer management & helping the bees prepare for winter.

This class is a MUST for those with no, or limited, knowledge about the science and practice of beekeeping. (Can be skipped by those with an understanding of beekeeping, – i.e. those with bees who know that they need basic, beginning, beekeeping education”)

This class will cover what beekeeping equipment is needed, including a hive, for the new beekeeper to get started.

How does a new beekeeper acquire bees for the first time? This session will discuss the BEST alternatives for the new beekeeper to purchase bees for the first time. Packages, or nucleus (nucs) hives, though there are other ways . . .

Will include choosing a hive location, being considerate of your neighbors, children & pets. Installing package bees & nucs. Stings! The first couple of weeks of management. And more on protective clothing.

Discussion of what to look for in inspecting hives, starting & using a smoker, breakdown of management in terms of spring, or early management, summer management, with emphasis on the first few months. Discussion of swarming.

More hive management – midsummer. Diseases, parasites, & pest management. Including varroa mites, American & European foulbrood, nosema disease, chalkbrood, wax moths & small hive beetles.

Including Making Honey & Supering. Mid-summer management & helping the bees prepare for winter.

Phil served as the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture’s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, and the University of Kentucky. He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America.

While state apiarist, working with beekeepers and cooperative extension agents, Phil helped establish a statewide network of regional beekeeping schools and helped foster the growth of local beekeeper associations in Kentucky. During his tenure as state apiarist, the number of local associations grew from about 15 to well over 40. During this time Phil was a regular speaker at beekeeping meetings in Kentucky and surrounding states. In retirement he has stayed busy serving as the North American technical adviser for Veto-pharma, a French company that manufactures Apivar as well as other products. In this capacity Phil has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, working and instructing beekeepers. Phil has also worked with beekeepers, and their hives in Asia and Africa. He has been stung by bees on five continents.

A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some beehives.

Beginner Beekeeping with Phil Craft

More Seats Added! Kentucky State Beekeepers Association through funding from the Kentucky State University is proud to host Beginner Beekeeping with Phil Craft. This will be an online course only. Join or renew KSBA today!

If you have registered for either course schedules you do not need to register again.  Registered students will receive final class details as a calendar invitation a day or two before class with information how to join the meeting.

If you registered as an alternate you do not need to register again.  Alternates will be automatically be added to the class roster.