SOBA Beginning Beekeeper Class April 15, 2017

Watch for our next Bee School in April 2018.

Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association

Proudly presents our 2017

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April 15, 2017

The Art and Science of Keeping Bees in the Rogue Valley

Presentations and hands-on demonstrations featuring:

  • Dr. Dewey Caron:  Emeritus Professor, Dept of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and an Affiliate Professor in the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University. He is the author of Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping and is the scientific advisor for the Bee Informed initiative. He is also the principle author of the Honey Bee Health Coalition Tools for Varroa Guide and videos.
  • Tom Chester:   Tom Chester has been a beekeeper for two decades. He has been a member of many beekeeping organizations, including the Portland Metro Beekeeping Association, the San Francisco Beekeeping Association, and the Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association (which he helped start). He has been a mentor for the Oregon Master Beekeeping Program since its inception. Before retiring he served as director of the Oregon Renewable Energy Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology.
  • Karessa Torgerson:  Committee member, teacher, and mentor for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program, board member for Tree Hive Bees, co-founder of Nectar Bee Supply at Shonnard’s Nursery, and board member for the Linn/Benton Beekeeper’s Association.
Date: Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Please bring a lunch and protective bee gear if you have it – a hat and veil, or a suit. Weather and time permitting, we’ll work with bees during and after class.


Bee School
  • Equipment Overview and Choosing an Apiary Site
  • How to Survive the First Year of Beekeeping.
  • How to Inspect a Hive and What to Look For.
  • How to Put NUC/Package Bees into Your Hive Body.
  • Hands On Bee Inspection Demonstrations.
  • Ten Common Mistakes Beekeepers Make.
  • How to Feed, Medicate and Other Bee Management Activities.
  • What is Your Plan for the Next 3 Months?
Smoker Lighting Competition:
Prizes will be given for the fastest lit that stays lit for over 10 minutes, longest lasting and best smelling.

Bring your own smoker fuel and smoker. Some ideas for fuel are:

burlap – make sure that it is untreated for insects and mice,natural baler twine, pine needles, fine wood chips, small twigs, dry lavender and rosemary, dry rotten wood, dry tree leaves, untreated straw, uncolored paper, rolled, corrugated cardboard, rolled and untreated, .sumac bob, wood pellets, corn cobs, Dadant Smoker Fuel, beeswax comb
Things NOT to use include:
gasoline or other combustible oil, anything treated or painted or colored etc
Location: Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR (map)

Cost:  $45

Registration deadline is April 14 and is limited to the first 100 people.

The class fee cannot be refunded less than 7 days prior to bee school.