Practical Beekeeping

STOCKSCH 166 – Practical Beekeeping

Fall Semester Online – 3 Credits

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Instructor: Angela Roell

Personal Web Page: http://www.yardbirdsfarm.com/

bees2Description: This course will focus on knowledge pertaining to honeybee hive anatomy & social structure, and the management strategies necessary to perform basic beekeeping. The course examines the honeybees role in agriculture and the ecosystem. The course encourages interest in and application of best management practices for successful small scale beekeeping.  The course supports development and use of acquired knowledge and skills for creative & sustainable agricultural pursuits.

Required Course Materials:

  • Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron and Lawrence John Connor
  • Increase Essentials by Lawrence John Connor
  • Additional course materials will be distributed via PDF and/or web links.

Grading: Grading:

Project Percentage
Weekly Readings, Videos & Comments 40.00%
Apiary Action Plan 30.00%
Bee Botany Data Collection 10.00%
Honeybee Educational Poster 20.00%

SCHEDULE:

Section 1:  Anatomy and Social Behavior

9/5/17, Week 1: Hive Anatomy & the Super-organism

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 50-55, 61-73 and 75-82
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

9/12/17, Week 2: Communication: Dance & Pheromone

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 87-112
  • Read assigned PDF, web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

9/19/17, Week 3: Pests: Diseases & the Ubiquitous Varroa Mite

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 310-324, 331-352
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

9/26/17, Week 4: Foraging & the Importance of Bee Botany

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 133-156
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

Section 2: The Beekeeper’s Year

10/3/17, Week 5: Getting Started, Make A Plan

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 159-175
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion
  • Bee Botany Data Collection Assignment due

10/10/17, Week 6: Management Basics pp

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 177-199
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

10/17/17, Week 7: Spring & Summer

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 221-235, 237-241
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

10/24/17, Week 8: Fall & Winter

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 205-219
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

Section 3: Queen Rearing, A Small Scale Reclamation

10/31/17, Week 9: Swarms, A Natural Reproduction Cycle

  • Read: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 116-129
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion
  • Apiary Action Plan assignment due

11/7/17, Week 10: The Importance of Drones

  • Read PDF Queen Rearing Essentials, pp 55-60
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

11/14/17, Week 11: Queen Rearing

  • Read Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, pp 271-284, PDF Queen Rearing Essentials, pp 7-15,
  • Read assigned web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

11/28/17, Week 12: Nucleus Production

  • Read: Increase Essentials, pp 37-87
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion assignment due

Section 4: Beekeeping Practices, Past & Present

12/5/17, Week 13: Beeconomy: Women & Beekeeping

  • Read assigned PDF, web links & watch video content
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

12/12/17, Week 14: Bee Research, An Activated Practice

  • Read assigned PDF, web links & watch video content
  • Using your Apiary Action Plan, reflect upon your practice, list any unanswered questions or points or research you’d like to pursue as we wrap up this class, steps you will take to deepen your beekeeping practice
  • Comment according to discussion questions, cross comment on peers comments to facilitate discussion

Assignments:

Project Description Due Date
Weekly Readings, Videos & Comments Students will be expected to complete readings and comment 1x on the assigned reading and 2x on other students’ comments Weekly, released on Thursday, due on the following Tuesday
Apiary Action Plan Generate an apiary action plan for your apiary which will include:  location, hive configuration lay out, number of hives, type of hive used, materials needed, start up budget, record keeping strategy, sources/materials for identifying disease, mite counting method; cite resources, use academic sources, text books and recommended resources

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Share on Blackboard, each student read & comment on 3 other plans

10/31/17
Bee Botany Data Collection Research local bee botany, and list 1 pollen and 2 honey flows in your area, include approximate time of the year for each source of honeybee nutrition, cite resources

2.

Add to Bee Botany Database, document will be shared with the class as a working document

10/03/17
Honeybee Educational Poster Design an educational poster/presentation on 1 honeybee related topic, cite resources, use academic sources, text books and recommended resources

Share on Blackboard, each student read & comment/critique 2 other posters

11/28/17

Course Policies

  1. The success of this course depends on student participation. Everyone is expected to participate, comment, ask and answer questions, and actively contribute.
  2. Written work is to be handed in on time. Late work will not be accepted.  I will make exceptions to this rule only in the case of serious emergency, and only if contacted via phone or email within 24 hours of missing the scheduled deadline.
  3. Students are responsible for course information sent to their UMass email accounts. I will respond to your email within 24 hours, please plan accordingly.
  4. Office hours will be by appointment, if a question or concern arises you can email me to schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
  5. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Use care in written work to avoid the appearance of cheating/plagiarism.  Please discuss questions with me if you have a concern.
  6. If you are in need of learning accommodations please come speak with me at the beginning of the semester so I can guarantee your needs are fully met throughout the course.

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These classes are part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Series.  A UMass Certificate may be earned by the successful completion of 15 credits of approved courses in this series.  For information, contact Dr. John M. Gerber at; jgerber@umass.edu

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