Sharing the love of bees. 
Our dates for 2017 Classes and Clinics have not yet been finalized, so check back for changes.  All upcoming classes will be announced via our mailing lists, so make sure you are signed up. Want a class, but don't see it listed?   Email suggestions to sandhillbees@gmail.com

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***This year I will not be teaching a summer long course to the public - I will be working with an amazing new training program for veterans - Heroes to Hives.  This 9-month program helps combat veterans learn to run their own beekeeping business.  I will miss all my regular students, but I am so proud to be a part of this initiative.  For more information on Heroes to Hives, or to support this program, visit - https://pollinators.msu.edu/heroes-to-hives/ 

Lots of area beekeeping clubs will have one day classes, and a few clubs, including the two that I formally taught (SEMBA and A2B2) will still have their summer-long classes.  Check with these groups directly for info and registration. 

One day Clinics

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Erin Hampton/ The State News

Some dates not yet scheduled for 2017.  Sign up for our mailing list to get more details. 

Gentle Beekeeping

Learn the art of handling the hive, and how to interpret what the bees are telling you.  At the Sand Hill, we focus on 'speaking bee' - where our management is determined by what the bees tell us that they need.  Learn how to work with your colony without causing them distress, how to interpret the bees actions, and how to read a hive to know if your bees' needs are being met.  We will focus on basic inspection and handling techniques, but this course is designed for all levels of beekeepers. 

Requeening your hive and Making a Nuc

Your colony has the best chance of going through winter with a young local queen. Not comfortable re-queening? In this clinic you will learn how to make a nuc with your old queen and to requeen your hive with a new queen.  You can even pick up a nuc box and queen at the clinic.  Learn how successfully requeen, and get all the tools you need in the same day! Cost of the full clinic will be $100, and will include a wooden nuc box ($40 value), a Michigan Queen ($35 Value), and handouts (priceless).  Clinic only will be $25 (you can have the handouts too).   

Open House

We will be hosting an open house this summer -  see the operation, ask questions, eat good food, and see how the nucs are made. This will be free, and a free-for all.   I'll show you how I keep bees, tour the mating yard, answer questions, and discuss all the systems that worked and didn't work for us this year.  Old-timers and individuals willing to tell me how I can make my operation better are especially welcome!

2017 Teaching/Speaking Schedule 

Bio

Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degrees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental and disease transmission risk.  Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate under Zachary Huang at Michigan State University, studying nosema disease, and is currently an academic specialist at MSU, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.   Meghan is active in multiple beekeeping organizations, writes for multiple beekeeping journals, and speaks about bees all over the country.  She currently runs the Northern Bee Network, a directory and resource site dedicated to supporting queen producers, and she is passionate about keeping and promoting healthy bees.

Commonly requested talks:

  • Gentle Beekeeping
  • Small scale queen rearing
  • Towards treatment free
  • Varroa biology and management
  • Healthy bees
  • Sustainable Northern Beekeeping using late season nucs
  • Overwintering