We will host both educational classroom sessions and field workshop days at our EMBA Apiary throughout the year.
Hive Assembly Workshop
The hive assembly workshop is a high energy educational opportunity that the Club offers, free of charge, to novice and enthusiastic beekeepers. The hive kits that were ordered by members as part of the EMBA kit program, will be delivered to Maritz, in Fenton, Missouri. The beekeeping equipment can either be picked up, taken home to be assembled at a later date, or the beekeeper may wish to begin assembly of that equipment with the guidance of experienced volunteer beekeepers. This workshop is generally held on the second or third Saturday in March and is a great opportunity for networking, learning more about the parts and pieces of the hive and getting a big jump on the bee season for those prone to procrastination. The Maritz facility provides the Club with a very large work area that is ideal for this type of an event. The Club also provides coffee and donuts for this event to fuel the excited members who participate. Specific details about the workshop will be communicated by the Club, closed to the event. Volunteers are always needed. If you have questions, please call: 324-669-1828
The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association has a teaching bee yard (apiary) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Olive & Lindbergh). This teaching bee yard allows the Club to provide hands-on demonstrations and educational workshops for beekeepers of all skill levels. Workshops are held 3-5 times a year according to changes in the beekeeping calendar. The first of these workshops is used to manage the hives at Danforth in early spring for the upcoming population buildup. This workshop is usually reserved for beekeepers that have overwintered colonies and is connected to the queen delivery day in early April. Assessing colony strength, dividing colonies, making up nucs, & introducing queens are some of the topics covered. Details about this workshop will be communicated at the March meeting and via email. Volunteers to assist are always needed and welcome. Protective clothing required to enter the bee yard. Questions about this workshop can be directed to 314-669-1828.
The EMBA Club hives, which are located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Olive & Lindbergh) are managed for honey production. The volunteers that manage this group of hives, plan to hold a honey harvesting workshop in late June or early July. This educational opportunity would allow volunteers to learn all aspects of honey removal, extracting and bottling in this day long workshop. The workshop is broken into two parts. One crew arrives at the Danforth bee yard to remove the honey supers from the multiple hives there and the honey is then transported to Maritz, for the second stage of extraction. Volunteers are requested and necessary for this event to be a success. Participants will leave the event with a greater understanding of the process of honey extraction and possibly a jar of very fresh honey. Details about this workshop will be communicated to members at the Members meetings and via email. Protective equipment required to enter the bee yard. Please direct any questions about this workshop to 314-669-1828.