do you have a "Mittelwandgießform" ? I am thinking about getting one but would like to give it a try first. The bees live on zander frames.
actually I am also thinking about buying one. However, I use DNM. Maybe ask around in your local beekeeper society?
I am interested to learn about Beekeeping? Are you still give classes in Bee keeping or know anywhere I can learn about this?
sounds interesting. Did you think about building swarm traps, bait hives and hives with the children?
I believe it´s very exiting for them to experience how a swarm move into a hive and swarm catching is even more exiting. Beekeepers who are experienced in swarm catching are Melanie von Orlow www.imkerei.vonorlow.de and Klaus (in Zehdenick) www.bienenklaus.de
This DNM,Zander, Langsroth has nothing to do with the bees just with us and our habit to control.
What tools do you have at school?
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HI Sharan and Marc,
yes, we will offer a beekeeping-course for adults next year. Most likely it s going to be 10 saturday afternoons at approx. 120 Euros. All other courses I know of are already full.
So far individual beekeepers have been doing work with children mostly on the life of the bee, honey harvest and wax as well as wild-bees. Especially for the later subject we are already working with Melanie. However, the subject is on the rise and we feel we need a more organised and efficient approch. This is why we are busy writing a bee-curriculum and workshop guidelines.
Since our main beekepers is moving away we are two people rather new in the field and one old beekeeper who retired from entertaining children on ground. We have very good relations to Melanie and the beekeeping facilities at FU. We are even aiming for a cooperation with the FU for students to get a more hands-on approach than if bee-lectures at university. So our main problem is not knowledge or skills but we need people actually DOING workshops. We have lots of space in a bee-friendly environment so more beekeepers are VERY welcome.
We have to little time to built swarm traps, hives ect. We usually have 3 hours to one day, very rarely up to 4 days, with each class. However, for the adult class i think it s an amazing idea!
Tools are nothing fancy but workable: old centrifuge (we might buy a new one next year), solar waxmelter, wax pot, simple Mittelwandgießform comming soon, I think we are a little short on hivetools and vails but we have generally some fonds to upgrate equipment.
At least on the two main sites all bees live on DNM (though partly on 1,5 and 0,5) simply because its much easier in terms of exchanging Rähmchen and ordering Mittelwände if not everyone comes in with a diffrent size...)
Hope that answers all questions.