Learn everything you need to know about hobby beekeeping from home in this exciting online Masterclass! The perfect mix of resources to aid learning: videos filmed with Jez here at the farm and in the studio; articles; infographics; step by step instructions illustrated with photographs; downloadable guides, resources and more.
No prior knowledge about bees or beekeeping required; this brand new masterclass is designed in easy to navigate modules with unlimited, lifetime access to refer back as often as you need. Access the masterclass 24/7 on any internet device wherever you are, even when out with your bees!
Based on our hugely popular Beekeeping for Beginners workshop the masterclass launched on Monday 16th March 2020. Modules are released on a weekly basis (Module 1 on Monday 16th March, Module 2 on Monday 23rd etc), with additional bonus content added throughout the year, providing plenty of additional learning opportunities!
THIS MASTERCLASS IS TAUGHT BY JEZ
The founding honeybee farmer here at Bees & Co., Jez is a qualified further education teacher and spent 15 years facilitating workshops for some of the world's largest brands, gaining a formidable reputation for making learning simple and fun.
A broadcaster, award-winning writer and experienced ethical beekeeper, Jez graduates from the Master Beekeeper program at Cornell University later in 2020.
You can be assured of quality, evidence-based information presented in a professional and easy to understand format.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Covering a range of topics, the masterclass is designed to ensure you have all the information you need to begin beekeeping confidently and safely.
• Especially curated Recommended Reading list (there are more books written on bees than any other animal, so it can be a real minefield knowing which are useful, and which are not!)
• Discover the really essential equipment, helping to save you money on unnecessary tools
• Exclusive step-by-step Seasonal Beekeeping Guide produced by Jez to help you through the year with what to do and when
• Join Jez in the apiary at his farm throughout the year and watch as he guides you through various techniques, offering expert tips and advice
Get Started in Beekeeping includes the following modules and the ability to ask Jez and special guest tutors questions within the Masterclass platform:
Welcome: A personal welcome from Jez and some basic questions answered including: "where do I get my bees from?", and "which type of bees should I get?".
Module 1: Basic honeybee biology and anatomy relevant to beekeeping (no unnecessary science, just the bits you need to know and why)
Module 2: The honeybee colony and how it works, including the different types of honeybee, their lifecycle and the essential, must-know information for safe, effective and stress-free beekeeping!
Module 3: Hive types and beekeeping equipment looks at the various pros and cons of the many types of hive and equipment available with an impartial view, busting the myths on equipment like the Flow Hive and heated uncapping knives. You'll save more than you pay for this masterclass in this one module alone in wasted time and money!
Module 4: Pests and diseases form a key and important part of being an ethical and safe beekeeper. Jez will guide you through how best to prevent, spot and treat the most common pests and diseases with photograph and video examples supported by the latest scientific research and data.
Module 5: Practical beekeeping tips to help shorten your learning curve and avoid common mistakes. The videos and resources in this module build on everything you will have learnt, applying them in practice with Jez at the hives.
Module 6: Honey harvesting. Simple ways to harvest your honey at home without the need for any specialist equipment, with some essential hygiene and safety tips and guidance on how best to extract and store excess honey.
Module 7: Resources - this module is full of downloadable resources: guides, extra videos, plans and supporting resources to maximise your learning, all designed to help you to become a successful beekeeper.
Launching soon is the follow-up: Next Steps in Beekeeping Online Masterclass.