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Beekeeping for Beginners (May 29 2021)
Craig Toth 1103

Beekeeping for Beginners (May 29 2021)

A great start for budding beekeepers, learn the basics in this 6 hour course

$140.00 Event date: 5/29/2021 8:30 AM Export event
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Our beginner beekeeping course is unique in that we have the 1 day theory portion and then there is the hands-on  portion which follows (optional mentoring). Everything that you will need to start your new hobby.

 The course runs from  8:30am to 2:30-3pm (Depends on Student size and questions at the end of the course). The cost of the course is $140/person attending. We will be holding it at the Pirates Rugby club. If there are restrictions due to COVID we will be using the Zoom platform. We will send all the refrence material before the course starts. A lot of the material which is covered in the course is proprietary material that you won't find in other manuals. We did multiple courses on the Zoom Platform last year and it worked good. As a side note we have been teaching the course for the past 6 years. This is a great course for the just starting out beekeeper or the beekeeper that wants a refresher.

The course is instructed by Craig Toth and Malcolm Connell, 2 experienced beekeepers with a combined experience of over 38 years in both Urban and commercial beekeeping.

Topics include: Bee regulations and bee guidelines in Edmonton and surroundings, equipment and tools, seasonal management, honey harvesting and processing, disease identification and treatment options and much more. Certificates to allow for bees to be kept in the City of Edmonton, City of St Albert...Will be provided.

Graduates of the course can attend the free optional mentoring sessions which there is theory and the hands on portion of the course on most weeks starting Mid April to the second week in September.
We will be overviewing everything we learned on the 1 day course plus we will be introducing many intermediate and advanced topics as we work throughout the season. Be prepared to learn lots, have fun and get a bit dirty. We normally average 64+ mentoring hours on 3 separate days each week. We recommend only 1 day per week due to the amount of students that we train. All is weather dependant.

By signing up for the beginers beekeeping course you will automatically be registered. To attending the mentoring sessions you have to take the above beekeepers course and then you can  contact Malcolm at or Craig at (780-460-7773) to register for the weekly mentoring sessions.

Did you need to order a Nucleus hive? If you need 1 or more be sure to visit the store section and place your order for supplies are limited.



Meet your Instructor

Craig Toth

Craig Toth has been actively involved in both Urban and rural beekeeping for the past 10 years. President of Natural Elements honey he started out with a few hives and this year he will be working with 100+ hives. Craig is passionate about teaching of honey bees for he has been running mentoring classes multiple times during the week from April to September for the past 6 years. The formal Beginner Beekeeping courses that is being taught by Craig and Malcolm has been running 5 years.  Craig also holds the position of President through the Edmonton and District Beekeepers association.

Malcolm Connell has been actively involved in both Urban and rural beekeeping for the past 25 years. He has taken many new beekeepers under his wing, taught and has mentored them. This year Malcolm will be working with 75+ beehives and he is the Vice President of the EDBA.

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Natural Elements Honey is a family run business. We raise strong and healthy honey bee colonies for new and experience beekeepers. We provide Beekeeper training/mentoring so if you are in an urban environment or you want to go commercial we can help. We are focused on honey bee health, producing some of Alberta best honey and honey products.

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