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. 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, GMO, and honeybee pest awareness
- Bee stings and first aid
- Specific steps and considerations to become a beekeeper/haver
- Hive selection (Top Bar and Langstroth), philosophy, and basic management theory
- 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!
1-day abridged B3 weekend seminars (B3 Certifications not awarded) will be offered on special request for those with tight schedules or for those with large groups such as high school and university students, farms, intentional communities, environmental organizations, etc. Please contact Andrew West (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) to request a one-day B3 seminar or to be placed on an email list to be notified when another seminar is scheduled and open for registration.
Requirements and Prerequisites
An email address and Internet access is required for online certification. No prior beekeeping knowledge or experience is necessary. While this is a beginning beekeeping course, existing beekeepers curious about the backyard beekeeping revolution are encouraged to take the course.
About the Instructor:
Andrew West founded Live Hives (www.livehives.com) in January 2011 after he found his passion working with and for bees. His vision is to transform beekeeping from a commercial, anthropocentric, factory-farm industry to a small-scale, compassionate practice that prioritizes the honeybees’ well-beeing over all else, and also to make a simple living by teaching and evangelizing small-scale, local backyard beekeeping and selling healthful and ethical bee balm products. He has top bar hives placed throughout the county, including Goleta, Santa Barbara, Buellton, Solvang, and Santa Ynez. Teaching beginning beekeeper classes is one of his other favorite pastimes. He is also an avid homesteader, organic gardener and a DJ (www.djthrifty.com) when he can find the time. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.