Learn treatment-free beekeeping practices based on bee biology and developing a relationship and understanding of bees. This class is designed for anyone new to bees, as well as for those who have bees and want to learn a new way to relate and care for them. Includes bee biology, Hawaiian honeybee history, introduction to treatment-free beekeeping, pests and diseases, pollination, hygienic hive management, and more. The field day gives participants an opportunity to visit a thriving apiary, observe effective hive management techniques, and to develop their relationship with bees. Fee includes required textbook.
- Students will need long pants, shoes, long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves for the field day. Limited protective equipment will be available.
- Tuesdays, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
- Saturdays, 10/6 and 10/27, 9:00am - 3:00pm
- 6 classes plus 2 field days
- Tuesdays: UH Hilo Campus, K 108
- Saturdays (Field days): Paradise Nectar Apiaries in Kaiwiki
Meet Jen Rasmussen
Jen Rasmussen has been caring for honeybees and learning with them on the Big Island since 2008. Over the years, she has developed methods for maintaining her hives without the use of chemicals or treatments. Jen organized the beekeeping program at Island Princess Macadamia Nut Farm and has since continued her role as an instructor and mentor to fellow bee enthusiasts. She enjoys sharing her experiences and love for bees with others.