Open Apiary- Bee Wise Farms Michigan 2022



Our open apiary hours are designed to allow individuals to come and see seasonal management over the course of the season. At each session we will be conducting comprehensive inspections of colonies and making seasonal management decisions to include: health checks, mite monitoring, queen status, food reserves, mite treatments, feeding, etc. What to expect during open apiary hours: 

Bee Wise Farms’ Site Expectations

  • No equipment is required for the course and students will be provided with all necessary equipment to manage hives during field days including; veil, hive tool, and smoker (nitrile gloves will be provided). If you want to bring your own veil or gloves that is okay; however, no outside smokers or hive tools will be allowed at BWF.
  • Participants are required to wear veils/protective clothing while in the apiary, and dress appropriately for working outdoors with bees. 
  • No one under 18 is allowed at our on-ground trainings.
  • Please let the instructors know of any movement/lifting restrictions, and work slowly and in pairs to prevent injury
  • Please discuss the risks of beekeeping with your physician, and decide with them if you should get an epipen, or undergo testing for potential allergies. 
  • You do not need any experience working bees to take part in this program.
  • You do not need to own bees to participate in the program (I prefer you don’t have bees this year if you have never kept bees before).
  • There is no smoking allowed at BWF (besides the smoker for your bees, of course). 
  • Colonies in the teaching apiaries are not to be opened until after a smoker is lit.  During class times, colonies will not be opened without instructor permission.  
  • Be respectful.  Make sure that you help maintain a supportive and productive learning environment. Offensive behavior and/or language towards others will not be tolerated.
  • Although you will be taught proper hive handling skills, getting stung is part of beekeeping. If this is not okay with you then you may want to rethink beekeeping.
  • Workshops are not recorded. We do not film workshops as it is a distraction to attendees and instructors. 

State: Michigan
Field Training: 

Course Date: 
June 24, July 15, August 19, September 20

Course Time: 
5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Course Location: 
10192 State Highway M28, Newberry, MI 49868