"So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper?"
FREE seminar on what it takes to start up as a beekeeper.
Join me on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 in the auditorium at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, MI. I will be giving a free lecture and demonstration on how to get started as a beekeeper. After a brief lecture on honeybees in North America and the challenges they face, we will discuss equipment needs, start-up costs, time commitment and everything else it takes to get up and running. The session will be followed by a brief question and answer time. Click HERE for the presentation slides.
When and where...
Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00-3:00.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Auditorium)
1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
See You At Bee School!
Join the A2B2 2020 Bee School
Why buy honey when you can produce it yourself? Learn how to become a beekeeper! Do you have an interest but just don't quite know where to start? Join me as I teach both beginner and seasoned beekeepers in my classes through the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Club. ("A2B2"). I can guide you through a full season from beginning to end. Each month we cover beekeeping subjects which pertain to what you and your bees will be facing in upcoming weeks. I will help guide you from purchasing and building your equipment to buttoning up your bees for the winter. By the end of the class you will have the knowledge and experience to keep bees on your own! Classes meet monthly and consist of both a thorough classroom lecture setting and hands on learning in the field.
Enrollment has opened for A2B2 Club members. Non members may enroll beginning January 1, 2020. Go to www.A2B2Club.org to enroll.
Need someone to come take a look at your hives?
Sometimes you need an expert opinion. Through working on an 800 hive commercial bee farm, teaching bee schools and managing my own apiaries I have worked through many scenarios and issues presented in the bee world. I can help with diagnosing problems and offering solutions. I will come out to your bee yard and work one on one with you while providing assistance to help you get your hives back on track.
About Dave Pearce
After wanting to start keeping bees but always waiting too late in the season to get up and going, I finally took the plunge in the early Spring of 2011 and purchased my first two bee hives.
Through many ups and downs, successes and multiple failures, I plodded though my first couple of seasons. After losing both of my hives, most likely to varroa mites, I decided that I would only purchase bees one more time. If I couldn't learn to keep my bees alive and have a sustainable apiary, I was going to sell off my equipment and quit. That winter I committed myself to learn everything I possibly could about keeping bees strong and healthy. I learned how to make my own splits and raise my own queens. With a head full of knowledge I entered the following season feeling confident and competent. Although I still made many mistakes and had many challenges, I managed to have what I considered a successful season! From there, I continued to build a foundation and never looked back!
One of my greatest lessons learned was that starting in beekeeping can be a very lonely endeavor. It is of utmost importance to surround one's self with more experienced beekeepers who can advise and guide one along the way.
I joined the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Club and quickly made friends and networked with other beekeepers who were very influential. After years of growth, acquiring knowledge and mentoring others, I became the Lead Instructor for the club's bee school. I have gradually grown my business through selling Honey, Package Bees and Nucs.
I'm happy to say that this year I was awarded District 2 Beekeeper of the Year! I have also become the District 2 Representative. (My mom is very proud of me.)
When I'm not tending my own hives I am often consulting and advising others who are on a similar path pursuing the art of beekeeping.