At Beepods, we’ve talked for a long time about developing an online course for our beekeepers. We wanted a class that would cover all of the basics that a beginning beekeeper might need to get started, and an experienced beekeeper can use as a refresher. It’s been a long time coming, and there have definitely been some stumbling blocks along the way, but we are so happy to announce that this goal is finally coming to fruition!
So, why should you buy this course?
If you’re a new beekeeper or considering getting into beekeeping, you’ve probably been reading all kinds of information about bees and different styles of beekeeping. The Beepods team has been spending a lot of time putting together a course that walks you through everything from a beekeeper’s mindset to the anatomy of a honey bee to how to go about inspecting your hive.
Another reason you should buy our course: we’ve got everything. Our company has the equipment, the customer service, the tools, and now this course, so you can fulfill all of your beekeeping needs in one convenient place!
Who is this course for?
This course is great for prospective beekeepers because it demonstrates everything that goes into keeping bees. It gives them a good idea of what they would be getting into before they purchase a bunch of expensive equipment.
The course is good for beginning beekeepers because it covers everything you would need to know to get started. If you’ve already gotten started and have a question, say, about how to how to identify the queen, there’s a lesson for that!
Even experienced beekeepers can benefit from this course! If you’ve been keeping bees for 2 years or 20 years, it never hurts to review the basics. And hey, maybe you’ll find that there were some things you didn’t know!
What are the lessons in this course?
- A Beekeeper Mindset
- Learn to think like a sustainable, data-backed beekeeper. Factors we consider important, practices we have, ways to create a positive experience/avoid being a pincushion. You learn “Beekeeping for the Bees.”
- Beepod Tour
- By the end of this lesson you will have a grasp on all features of the Beepods System physical equipment. This will allow a better grasp regarding the techniques for maintenance and management in the next session.
- Tools Overview
- Overview of all tools used to maintain and manage your honey bees. This is an overview. By the end of each mini-lesson, you will be able to correctly identify each tool correctly and will understand the basic techniques for each tool. Further in-depth usage of the tools will take place in an application lesson.
- Hand Tools
- At the end of this lesson, you will be able to know when, where, and how to use the standard beekeeping tools: Feather Guider, Beepods Hive Tool, and Standard Hive Tool.
- Small Tools
- In this lesson you will learn about household item tools. You will learn when to use them and the simplest techniques of using these items in a Beepod Beekeeping System.
- Other Equipment
- By the end of this lesson you will have an understanding of when and how to use the Harvest Box and the Bar stands.
- Yard Setup
- In this lesson you will learn the importance of selecting the best possible site for your Beepod Vented Top Bar Hive.
- Install Bees
- In this lesson, you will learn to install your new bees in their new home. If you ordered a package of bees, the first two sections describe two options about how you can go straight from the package to the hive in a few simple steps. If your bees came in a nucleus hive, your method of installation will be different, and is described in the third section of this lesson.
- First Inspection
- By the end of this lesson you will know what to look for the first time you check on the hive after installation, and how to carry out a full hive inspection.
- Bee Anatomy
- You will then finish this course with a basic understanding of honey bee anatomy. A basic picture of anatomy helps the beekeeper to observe bee behavior. Over time, a beekeeper will notice when his/her bees are not acting normal and will begin to develop the skills to diagnose the cause of symptoms and remedy the issue.
- By the end of this lesson you will have a grasp of the anatomy of a sting, how to prevent being stung, and what to do if you are stung.
- By the end of this lesson you will begin to understand how bees work together and make up one unified organism called a superorganism. This is important to understand as beekeepers take notice of patterns in bee behavior.
- Bees and Their Roles
- By the end of this lesson you will have a better understanding of how to identify different honey bee types inside of a colony. You will learn details of how to identify what roles different bees are fulfilling inside and outside of the hive.
- A Bee’s Life
- At the end of this lesson you will learn about a honey bee’s life cycle. With basic understanding of honey bee life cycles, we can begin to speak about parasitism, managing brood cycles, how this changes based on the season, and much more.
- Full Inspection & Software
- In this lesson you will learn how to perform a full inspection of the Beepod and your honey bees. You will also learn why regular inspections are important, perform data-backed beekeeping, and how to leverage the Beepods Healthy Hive Management Software to see patterns in the colony over time.
- Forage and Products of the Hive
- This lesson lays out the products bees make for themselves that a beekeeper can choose to harvest for their own uses.
How can you buy this course?
This course will be available to buy on our website as a whole or à la carte, so you can pick and choose which lessons you want to take. This is great because if you don’t want certain lessons, you don’t have to pay for them.
We’re looking to launch this course within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for the big announcement!
If you have any questions regarding this course, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have!
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With a background in writing and biology, joining the Beepods team just seemed like the logical choice for Devon. Not having much experience with bees, she loves learning about the fascinating creatures while editing the content that her teammates write and researching for her own pieces. When she’s got some spare time, Devon enjoys reading and spending time with her beloved cats.