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Beginner Beekeeping

Are you interested in keeping bees, but would like guidance for getting started? In order to start a healthy, productive hive in the spring, much advance preparation is required. Participants of the Beginner Beekeeping course learn skills such as proper placement of the hive, equipment needed, best practices on buying bees, hive maintenance, managing pests and diseases, preparing for winter, and other knowledge essential for any beekeeper in their first year. The IU Campus Beekeeping Program offers support and mentorship for your beekeeping efforts. Weather permitting, there will be a demonstration with the working hives at Hilltop Gardens. Co-Sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructors: Ellie Symes and George Hegeman, local beekeepers

Sa 9/24 · 1-4 p.m. · Register by 9/21 (Code 66502-A)
$18/in-city, $20/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Intermediate Beekeeping

There are always new skills and lessons to be learned in beekeeping. If you are a beekeeper who has a couple of years of experience, or who has completed beginning beekeeping instruction, this class is for you. Instructors George Hegeman and Ellie Symes will walk through more complex skills such as queen grafting, splitting hives, capturing swarms, honey extracting, overwintering, and other practices. Weather permitting, there will be a demonstration with the working hives at Hilltop Gardens. Co-Sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructors: Ellie Symes and George Hegeman, local beekeepers

Sa 10/1 · 1-4 p.m. · Register by 9/28 (Code 66503-A)
$18/in-city, $20/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.


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Trees are all around us and many of us have even planted trees, but have you ever grown your own tree from a seed you found? From collection to proper planting techniques, learn the steps it takes to successfully grow trees from seed. We will have a brief tree identification walk to introduce collecting techniques, and send each participant home with at least 10 different seeds to plant for next spring! For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

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Sa 10/8 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 10/3 Code 64005-A

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Sa 11/5 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 10/31 Code 64012-A

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