The growing popularity of small-scale beekeeping is good news for the bees, but it also raises its own set of challenges. Rarely does a small-scale beekeeper encounter Colony Collapse — but every beekeeper must contend with rampant Varroa mites, scant forage, and scarce high-quality package bees and nucs. Conventional approaches focus on beating back or defeating these challenges, but the search for a silver bullet to every problem seems only to unearth new problems. This workshop approaches the problem from the other side: What can we do to help our bees thrive and flourish in the present-day environment? Starting from an understanding of the honeybee colony as an organism unlike any other found in nature, we will consider: • Swarming as an expression of the bees’ vitality; • Healthy rhythms of life in the hive, and how to support them; • When to intervene and when to let your bees manage on their own; • Increasing your apiary naturally with splits and swarms while breeding better, locally-adapted queens; • Alternative hive designs; • Varroa control through acid treatments and brood interruption; • And more.
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