SkillSwap: Tips for Beginner Beekeeping in Pennsylvania
SkillSwap is a barter-based education series featuring workshops on a variety of topics. There is no monetary registration fee; instead, each instructor suggests items or services they will accept in exchange for class participation.
Our volunteer instructors prepare based on how many people sign up, so PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU WILL ACTUALLY ATTEND.
Attendees will learn the basics of beekeeping, including:
The three bees in a bee colony
The role each of the bees play in keeping the colony alive and functioning
The Year of the Beekeeper in Pennsylvania and what to expect and how to prepare
Equipment needed to get started and resources to find the equipment
Local organizations to join to help build a deeper knowledge of beekeeping and bounce any questions or concerns you may have. These organizations have seasoned experts in all areas of beekeeping and are always willing to help others in their beekeeping journey.
Suggested swap items for this class
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About the Instructor
Mike Kelly has been a beekeeper for two plus years starting with his first two hives in the spring of 2017, and in the spring of 2019 he added a third hive. Mike has successfully over-wintered two of his colonies. He has re-queened more than one of his colonies over the past two years, and has managed to harvest more than 105 pounds of honey in a single season. His apiary has been successfully inspected by Nate Webber from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry. He has reviewed and managed his apiary to the recommended Best Management Practices for Maintaining European Honey Bee Colonies in The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
York College Center for Community Engagement (View)
59 E Market St
York, PA 17401