This course offers complete instruction on keeping honey bees using organic, natural and traditional beekeeping techniques.
Beekeeping 101 was created over the course of a summer in order to capture a full season with the bees including lots of hands-on time in the hive. The course is intended to be a thorough introduction to keeping bees so that upon completion, the student can confidently start their own treatment-free honey bee hive. Taught from a permaculture perspective, this course will teach you a holistic approach to beekeeping that considers the natural ecology of honey bees and agriculture. Jacob’s techniques are bee-friendly and bee-centered vs. beekeeper-centered.
Beekeeping 101 covers it all from basic honey bee physiology and biology to extracting honey and preparing your hive for winter. In this course you will learn about different kinds of honey bees and equipment and where to get it. You’ll learn about bloom and brood cycles, swarms, hive site placement, queens and re-queening, planning your honey harvest, extracting honey and crushing comb, combining hives and much more. In addition Jacob will share with you his philosophies on feeding only honey and pollen, using locally adapted stock, never using plastic or treatments, mimicking nature’s patterns. As this course was filmed over the course of the summer season, lesson topics follow the flow of the season.
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This course was filmed over the course of the summer on 5 different days. Each day’s topics strays somewhat from the agenda as Jacob addresses student questions.
About the Instructor
Jacob Wustner is a second-generation beekeeper from Missoula, MT. He operates Sapphire Apiaries in Stevensville, MT where he produces honey bee products, produce, and mushrooms using the highest principles of Permaculture. Jacob keeps honey bees using natural farming methods such as selecting for disease resistance, raising naturally-mated queens, and only feeding honey.
The mission at Sapphire Apiaries is to “cultivate fruit and nut trees and shrubs, edible and medicinal mushrooms, nutrient dense polyculture produce, pastured poultry and pork, and harvest the purest comb honey from hardy, disease-resistant honey bees.”
Jacob has amassed an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge regarding keeping honeybees. He grew up within the commercial, conventional beekeeping industry; later ventured into organic beekeeping with his brother at Wustner Brothers Honey; then recently launched into a Permaculture approach to keeping honey bees with Sapphire Apiaries. His knowledge of ecology and Permaculture allows him to teach from a holistic perspective that is very informative, very interesting, and very helpful when it comes to understanding honey bees.
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What Others are Saying About this Course…
“Jacob is a young, experienced, knowledgeable, organic, passionate beekeeper and teacher. I have been a backyard beekeeper for about 3+ years. I learned and re-learned a great deal from this course. I thought he took his students through learning with a hands on approach and I appreciated that. He covered many, many aspects of beekeeping so we students can feel confident in our own beekeeping and in continuing to learn. I was especially intrigued about his organic approach to beekeeping and to our environmental world. Tremendous amount of information for the course cost.”
~Art, Montana, USA
“I’d recommend this course to anyone wanting to start beekeeping. I am going to now that I watched the course. Awesome job!! Thank you very much!!”