The Louisiana Beekeepers Association will hold its first Spring Field Day on Saturday, April 14 at the Univerity of Louisiana - Lafayette's Cade Farm (1234 W. J. Bernard Rd., St. Martinville, LA 70582). Fifteen overall training sessions will be offered over five time blocks that day. Three concurrent sessions will be occurring at any one time, from which attendees can choose. The training sessions, running about 50 minutes long, are focused on providing information and live demonstrations for new, less-experienced, and intermediate-level beekeepers. Doors will open for the event at 8 am that Saturday, with initial remarks at 8:45 am and the first sessions at 9:00 am.
Anticipated training sessions at this event include:
Level 1: Beekeeping: Where to Start, Equipment Needs and Apiary Set Up; Honey Bee Basics: Hive and Frame Types; Beekeeping Throughout the Year; Pests and Diseases; Extracting and Bottling Honey
Level 2: Honey Bee Biology: Behavior, Morphology, and Anatomy; Live Hive Inspection Basics: How to Read a Frame and Find the Queen; Basic Varroa Management and Monitoring; Splits for Beginners; Catching and Keeping Swarms
Level 3: Proper Timing for Feeding Bees; Structural Bee Removals; Wax Rendering and Demonstration; Queens Overview: Raising and Re-queening Techniques; Advanced Hive Inspection: Varroa Management and Monitoring
Preregistration will be handled by Eventbrite and run March 12 – April 6 with a fee of $30 for enrollment and a lunch that day. Preregistration will be limited to the first 100 applicants due to classroom size limitations. There will be no on-site registration on April 14, and slots for the training sessions might be filled in advance of April 6. Please check for preregistration on the Eventbrite or LBA website (www.labeekeeper.org).
The Hampton Hotel in Broussard, LA is about 10 minutes from the ULL Cade Farm. A limited number of rooms have been booked and reserved under “Louisiana Beekeepers Association” at $99. You may see this hotel on internet travel sites for $84, however, the LBA rate is a refundable one, if cancellation is necessary. This hotel booking site is http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/L/LFTBRHX-LBA-20180413/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
A number of school groups and children in the area will also be visiting the Cade Farm that day and participating in special youth sessions. If you have questions about these sessions for children, please contact Jennifer Brown, ph. (601) 493-3447.
Bring your basic protective gear that day for the demonstrations and get ready to learn a lot more about honey bees and beekeeping!