Mastering the Art of Beekeeping 2014
Introductory course to the fascinating world of beekeeping and honey production for the beginner or hobby beekeeper. Learn the art of basic beekeeping. Set up your own colony of bees. Build your own bee equipment. Learn how to produce your own honey.
The sessions are led by experienced beekeepers and include lecture and hands on application of the presented material that is based on The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro. Course includes five 4hr sessions (8AM to 12 PM). These classes are designed for the beginner or beekeeper with limited experience. Beekeeping equipment and bees will be available for purchase during the seminar.
This course is scheduled for five Saturday morning sessions: once each month January thru May at Sabine Creek Honey Farm. Instructors will be John Talbert and Kaylynn Mansker. Only 25 people for each group of classes will be accepted and advance registration is required.
Due to the increased interest in beekeeping, two seminar classes will be offered. A third class on the afternoon of the first group will be offered if there is sufficient demand.
- January 18
- February 1
- March 1
- April 19
- May 3
- January 25
- February 8
- March 8
- April 26
- May 10
Included with the registration:
- Five class sessions
- Beekeeping handbook (one per family)
- One year’s family membership in Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association
- $175 for one person
- $125 for additional family members
- $40 for each additional handbook (one included per family)
Advance registration is required.
Only 25 people per class will be accepted to enhance student/instructor interaction.
Download the above form and mail to:
Sabine Creek Honey Farm
P.O. Box 6
Josephine, TX 75164
Contact John Talbert at 214-532-9241 or [email protected] for detailed registration information.
Session one will cover the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, and setting up bee colonies. Bee anatomy and how it is related to the bee’s life and work will be covered. The various ways to set up new colonies will be discussed and demonstrated. You will also learn about woodenware and personal protective equipment. Students will be able to order new equipment, bees, and woodenware at this session.
Session two will review the difference between honey bees and other bees in addition to the difference between bees and other stinging insects. The history of Africanized Honey Bee (Killer Bee) and its current location in North America will be reviewed. Information on identification of bee diseases and parasites will be presented. The methods and recovery/refurbishment of old equipment will be demonstrated.
Session three will focus on the collection of nectar and pollen, natural conversion of nectar into honey, and the honey harvest. Production of comb honey and extracted honey will be discussed. Honey extracting equipment will be demonstrated. The last part of the class will cover the list of year round activities.
Session four will be in the bee yard opening hives and performing a normal spring inspection that will include evaluation of stores, honey flow underway, amount of brood, location of the queen, and general health of the colony. If the students have elected to purchase bees, they will be available to take them home that evening.
Session five will provide a review in the beeyard after the students have had experience with their bees. The class will provide additional practice finding the queen and examining an established colony for brood, hive population, and general health of the colony.
“The class was very interesting and educational.”
Jerry H., Dallas
“The combination of lectures, preferred reading list, videos, and (best of all) Hands On time with bees blended well for true and lasting learning.”
Lisa B., Terrell
“I would encourage anyone interested in beekeeping on either a professional or hobbyist level to take the class.”
Jo B., Irving
About the Instructors
John J. Talbert
Owner of Sabine Creek Honey Farm in Josephine, Texas. Married over 50 years to Lavada with two grown children, Leslee and John, and three grandsons. Grew up on a dairy farm in McLennan County near Waco. UT Austin graduate with BS in Mechanical Engineering. Retired after 37 years at Raytheon E-Systems in Garland, Texas. Honorary Fellow member of American Institute of Plant Engineers. Beekeeper since 1985. Past President of Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. Past President of Texas Beekeepers Association and Chairman of the TBA State Fair Booth Committee. Member Board of Directors American Beekeeping Federation. Currently Executive Secretary of the Texas Beekeepers Association.
Kaylynn Mansker started beekeeping in 2008 when her brother was a Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association scholarship student. In 2010 she was selected as the official spokesperson for the Association and in 2011 was selected as the Texas Honey Queen. During this time she made presentations about bees and honey all over Texas. She is currently Chairperson of the CCHBA Scholarship Committee. Kaylynn and her family maintain 15 hives on their family farm.