Join beekeepers David Blocher and Leslie Huston of the the Back Yard Beekeepers Association and Dan Carr of Stone Barns Center as they explain the basics of queen rearing. Topics that will be covered include the biology of queen rearing, the Doolittle/grafting method, setting up mating nucs, and the pros and cons of alternative methods such as the Miller method or walk away splits. The purpose of this workshop is to establish a foundation to get started raising one’s own queens. Participants will learn about the timing, equipment, and entire process of queen rearing. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at grafting larva into queen cups practically. This class is for beekeepers with at least 2 years of experience, who feel comfortable handling bees. Grafting kits (including a chinese grafting tool, simple cell bar frame, and plastic pin cups) are available for purchase but not required. To register, click here.
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00AM-1:00PM