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Keeping a Natural Backyard Beehive

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Keeping a Natural Backyard Beehive

Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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One event on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00pm



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This is a series of three workshops for the beginning beekeeper who wants to keep bees without pesticides or antibiotics.

ifarm is excited to welcome expert natural beekeeper Charlotte Trim, who has been beekeeping for a dozen years with a constant focus on bee health. She will teach participants everything they need to install and care for a successful natural (aka no pesticides or antibiotics) beehive, including:

  • Where and how to purchase bees and appropriate supplies

  • Hands-on hive set-up

  • Bee life cycles

  • Keeping bees healthy without pesticides or antibiotics

  • Harvesting honey

  • Winterizing the hive

The ticket cost covers the entire series (February 25, March 11, and March 18, 2018). We need a minimum of five students to run the course, so pre-registration is essential! Participants will be asked to read outside of class. See below for the reading list.


Workshop Topics

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2 to 4:30 p.m.


  • What it takes to be a beekeeper
  • Beekeeping equipment 101
  • What to order (bees, hive equipment etc) for a successful season
  • Where to order supplies
  • Choosing a hive site
  • The life cycle of the bee and how a colony functions


Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Vampires, viruses and neonics

  • Common hive problems
  • Diagnosing infections and infestations, from mites to nosema
  • Natural strategies to minimize or eradicate diseases and parasites


Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The beekeeping season

  • How to keep beekeeping simple and enjoyable
  • Month by month: what to look for and what to do
  • Hands-on demonstration for assembling the hive
  • How to install your bees, package or nuclei
  • How to harvest honey
  • How to winterize your hive for better survival rates

Participants will be asked to do homework readings to broaden their knowledge outside of class. They can expect roughly ten hours of reading and work preparing the hive before the bees arrive in April or May. Then about 4 hours of beekeeping a month during the growing season.

Required Reading (have this book with you at the first workshop date):

Beekeeping Basics from Penn State Extension

The price of the workshop does not include the cost of materials and supplies necessary to start a hive. Participants can expect to spend an additional $500 to purchase bees, housing, beekeeping tools, supplies and equipment.

If you have questions or would like more information about the workshop please contact Nick Shrewsbury, ifarm event coordinator, via email:, or phone: 978 887 0878.


Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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ifarm Barn
55 Towne Road
Boxford, MA 01921 United States


Charlotte Trim