Edmonton course to teach basic hobby beekeeping skills

December 15, 2016 by  

A beekeeping course has been planned for Edmonton, and will give people the skills they need to become either an urban or rural hobby apiarist.

The instruction, which will be given during an intensive, 16-hour course, will teach people how to care for these tiny yet essential insects right in their own yard. A variety of techniques and equipment will be explored, as will the legalities surrounding the practice. It is designed for those who want to keep bees as a hobby, and will be facilitated by Eliese Watson, who is one of the founders of ABC Bees and who acts as an advocate for the practice of urban apiculture. Comb binding can be used to create inexpensive course materials for a training session such as this.

The instruction, which has been approved by the City of Edmonton, is a legal beekeeping course. It will be taught over two days, and those who complete it successfully will be able to obtain a Level One Beekeeping certificate.

The training will take place at the main campus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on January 14th and 15th, and the fees have been set at $325.00 each. Anyone who would like to find out more or to register to participate is welcome to visit the NAIT’s website.