Summer 2017 SBBA B3 Session
There’s still time to get into a Santa Barbara Beekeeper’s Association B3 class after sold out sessions in 2015 and 2016! The Beginning Backyard Beekeeping (B3) certification is designed from the ground up to cater to budding beekeepers seeking the shortest and most sensible path to having bees. The 4-week course will thoroughly prepare students with all the practical knowledge necessary to start working with honeybees in their own backyard. An online test will be administered at the end of the course and all passing students will receive official SBBA B3 diplomas and patches. Students will also receive a 1 year membership in the SBBA, an invitation to a catered B3 Graduation Ceremony at the Buzz Hive in Whole Foods Santa Barbara and one year of invitations to SBBA apiary meetups.
2017 B3 Session: Fall (Sept. 6-27). Four Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
Location: Marine Center Classroom, 125 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara 93109 at the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Cost: $125.00 (includes 1 year SBBA membership and site visits to SBBA’s apiaries for hands on training)
Instructor: Paul Cronshaw – More than 40 years of beekeeping experience
SBBA B3 is a radical and progressive departure from traditional, anthropocentric beekeeping courses and certifications that tend to focus on how bees can serve humans and not how we can help the bees in their time of struggle for survival. This course is also highly recommended for established beekeepers who want to learn a new way of hosting and having bees that prioritizes the bees welfare above all else. When you walk away from this course, you will know exactly what to do next to help the honeybee and other pollinators thrive and to become the bee haver that you’ve always wanted to bee!
Topics covered include:
- Bee biology, behavior, energy and health
- Beekeeping laws
- Colony Collapse Disorder
- Pesticide and honeybee pests
- Bee stings and first aid
- Specific steps and considerations to become a beekeeper
- Hive selection (Top Bar and Langstroth), philosophy, and basic management
- Swarm behavior and catching
- Bee rescues
- What you can do to help honeybees and other pollinators
- Special considerations for beekeeping in the Central Coast climate
Space is limited to 20 students per session, so sign up now!