IIntroduction to Beekeeping

Sponsored by Franklin Creek Education Committee

When : March 24th 1-3pm   

Where: Lincoln Way Inn 409 N State St    Franklin Grove, IL

A course for beginning beekeepers and those interested in keeping bees.  

Sign up by going to https://tinyurl.com/frinklincreekbees or emailing fitzpatrickfarm@gmail.com

Course outline

— Types of bees in a hive

— Hive construction

— Package bees

— Tools, smokers, and bee suits

— Frames and comb honey

— Honey extraction

— Catching swarms

Break — Honey tasting, lip balm samples, pollen tasting

— Feeding bees

— HIve maintenance

— Common Problems

— Diseases, mites, and treatment

— Bee biology

— other pollinators

— Safety around the hive

Question answer

Sources of bees

— Participants are Strongly encouraged to purchase bees as soon as possible.  Many places would like deposits before March 15th

Make sure your town allows you to keep Bees before you order!  

Suggested sources  

Havard Egg and Feed Contact Sue for Bee packages Pickup only Contact Sue at 815-943-4837

http://harvardfeedstore.homestead.com/Bee_Order_form_2018.pdf  http://harvardfeedstore.homestead.com/Bee_Order_Information_-_page_2_order_form.pdf

For pickup at Dadant and Sons Watertown Wi

Contact is Brian Lox  blox@dadant.com   Form found here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4fbgj7p_EOuY1ZKTU5mbDIwM3oxRlp3X05EeWNHcUVEV2NZ/view?usp=sharing

Karl Braun Independent Beekeeper located in Belvidere Il.    815-543-1317  He expects to have bees ready May 1st. 2# $105, 3# packages $125.

Walter T kelly bees — come in the mail to you


If you have further questions please contact Dan Fitzpatrick

fitzpatrickfarm@gmail.com or 815-440-2684

Instructor bio

Dan Fitzpatrick 

Dan has been keeping bees for 8 years.  He is entering his 15th year as a high school teacher with dual certificates to teach all subjects of Science and Agriculture.  Dan is a 5th generation farmer with experience growing commercial crops, livestock, bees, orchards and maple sugar. He has also taught at Lorado Taft field campus as part of the outdoor education masters program, is a master naturalist for the University of Illinois and is part of Tom Brown Jr.’s tracker school apprentice program.  

Jeff Ludwig  

President of Stateline beekeepers association.  Queen bee breeder and Long time beekeeper.  Jeff is also the instructor for the byron forest preserve’s monthly beekeeping workshops that are on the second Sunday of the month, from 2 to 4 and follow the beekeepers year.

Here’s Jeff’s calander of 2018 beekeeping classes at Byron  http://statelinebee.com/2012/classes