With the new Bee Barn being completed soon at the Rescue and Teaching Apiary at Scatter Joy Acres, the ability to offer special niche classes on site dealing with beekeeping information best done in a “Learn By Doing” environment, will be started.
Beekeeping is an experiential activity. That is to say, one learns best by actively participating in it’s activities so as to best be able to put together all the aspects simultaneously.
I teach the “general” beekeeping classes at Metro Community College, most of which are lecture based classes focused on intellectual topics that don’t necessarily require live bees or hives to be present in order to learn and discuss about them. These general beekeeping classes will continue to be based and offered through MCC for the foreseeable future.
The things that will be focused on in the classes and workshops to be offered at Scatter Joy Acres will involve more hands-on skills and education. Workshops in participants learn how to build Horizontal Top Bar hives and Langstroth hives or how to build hive stands are going to be scheduled. Also there will be classes specifically focused on the setting up and managing the grounds of an apiary will be offered as well.
Tickets and scheduling of these classes and workshops will be made available using the Brown Paper Tickets website and app. I intend to keep ticket costs down by setting a base price of $15.00 per person. That will be the total cost (other than taxes, fees, etc… collected by BPT) of most of the classes and workshops offered unless there are extra materials, etc… involved.
All tools, materials, etc… are provided onsite in the case of workshops. All materials for these classes are donated and we will gladly accept any materials donations if one would like to offer them.
All of the projects, items, etc… built in the classes are the property of the Rescue and Teaching Apiary and will be used in the operations of the apiary and rescue activities. This helps keep the cost of the classes and workshops lower. The workshops/classes are offered to help participants learn and achieve new skills while helping meet the operational needs of the rescue and teaching apiary.
I look forward to welcoming future participants and being able to provide a place to help beekeepers practice and learn in a “learn-by-doing” environment.