Please give this a read, as it is the first time I have ever seen any
authority point to a lack of training and skill on the part of beekeepers as
even a contributory problem in beekeeping disease and pest management.
At least in the UK, a lack of education is being blamed for part of their
and the pitfalls of minting "instant beekeepers" by giving them only 4
classes and an unwarranted sense of self-confidence are becoming clear.
This is illustrative of why we have completely free classes, and why the
classes have been many, longish, intense, and will continue until everyone
a crop of honey in jars. Anything less would be... ummm, less.
This Sunday's class with >> NOT << be at the Central Park Arsenal. They
double-booked the lecture hall. We will likely meet in Brooklyn at the
"Green Spaces" facility (33 Flatbush Ave. 5th Floor, Brooklyn) but they
have not yet confirmed that they can open up on a Sunday morning.
As a fallback location, I'll ask the Heifer International staff, as they
were nice enough to offer space back before the class got so large.
Look for an announcement before Friday 5pm on where we will meet.
And, as luck will have it, we are going to talk this week about the various
strategies for detecting and coping with whatever diseases and pests make
it over the Hudson River, and keeping the bees alive and healthy.