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API 102 - Summer Hive School

REGISTRATION ARE OPEN for 2020 ! 

Miel Montreal is offering a summer-long urban apiculture training program combining a theoretical and practical approach. Structured as an onsite apiary school, this training aims to empower participants in the practice of ecological beekeeping in the urban context, as well as to stimulate critical thinking on the various issues related to beekeeping.

The course is divided into two blocks :

  1. Visits in the apiary
  2. Conferences & seminars

The first block is mandatory and necessary for building beekeeping skills. The conferences and seminars are offered as a supplement, for those who wish to deepen their knowledge and improve their techniques.

Prerequisites:

  1. We suggest participants have a background of theoretical knowledge about beekeeping, including the course Api 101 offered by Miel Montreal. It is still possible to register even without prior training.
  2. All activities will be held in French, though the trainers are bilingual.

Dates and Overview

Training schedule: from May 16th to October 30th 2020
Deadline to register: May 10th, 2020
Price : $ 700 + tx = $ 804.83

What you'll get:

  • 55 hours of practical training
  • 30 hours of conferences
  • 2 days of honey extraction
  • Recommended readings
  • Practice guide
  • Hive products (honey, wax, propolis, etc.)

Gregory, referent beekeeper

Gregory has a masters in sustainable development in the field of energy and the environment, from the University of Luxembourg. He has over 10 years experience of training in non-profit organisations, companies, farms, with families and students of all ages, in Canada and oversees.
Coming from a beekeeping family, Gregory has had a connexion with beekeeping since he was a teenager. Calm, patient but also demanding and vigilant, Gregory makes sure to lead students and hives towards success by promoting a healthy development, respectful of the well-being of everyone.
He has been sharing his passion for beekeeping, both urban and rural, through our API 101 courses for 4 years now. Over the last 2 years, he’s also ensuring the "Summer Hive School" and accompanies the other beekeepers involved with Miel Montreal and our customers throughout the year.

Operations of the program

  • Each group will be associated with an apiary and will meet there.
  • Conferences and workshops will be held at our office, in Esplanade Montréal (6750 av. de l'Esplanade, bur 102, Montréal, H2V 4M1), with some exceptions.
  • Participants are to organize their own transportation.
  • Schedule flexibility is required, as some activities depend on the weather.
  • A regular presence is required to allow a good understanding of the concepts taught. We require a minimum attendance of 75% of the hive visits. It is possible to take a vacation.
  • Miel Montreal will provide minimal equipment (smoker, frame lifter, gloves, veil). However, we encourage participants to bring their own material.
  • The cooperative can not be held responsible for potential allergic reactions.

To register

  1. Choose the group (1. Mondays or 2. Wednesdays) according to the schedule and site that suit you best
  2. Confirm your registration by making the payment:
  • By cheque made payable to Miel Montreal and sent to 6750 avenue de l’Esplanade, bureau 102, Montréal, Qc, H2V 4M1.
  • Cash at our office at 6750 avenue de l’Esplanade, bureau 102, Montréal, Qc, H2V 4M1. Please kindly contact us before coming. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
  • Via Paypal using the button at the bottom of this page (an extra $15 is applied for processing fee).
  1. Possibility to pay in several instalments, if needed.
    2 payments : 402.41$ x 2 (payments on the registration + April 10th)
    3 payments : 268.27$ x 3  (payments on the registration + April 10th + May 10th)

    For all questions related to payment, contact us.

* If you are unable to pay for all or part of the training, we offer the possibility of an exchange of services. However, we can only accept one person per group. For this, contact us as soon as possible to education@mielmontreal.com

1 Training, 3 Blocks

BLOCk 1 – Apiary technique

weekly visits to apiaries
A minimum of 50 hours of practice, for 17 visits. All manipulations are done by the participants under the supervision of the beekeeper.

Groups

  • Group 1 - Mondays @ 5pm at the Botanical Garden, in the Youth Gardens area. (Boulevard Pie IX and Laurier - carte)
  • Group 2 - Wednesdays @ 5pm at Campus MIL (6700 avenue Durocher, Outremont, QC H2V 3Z3 - carte)
  • Group 3 - Possibility to open a third group if the demand is sufficient

targeted Skills

... observation, diagnosis and record keeping
... swarm management
... sanitary measures, treatments and pathogens
... hives division
... harvest, extraction, potting of honey
... wintering (feeding, treatment, insulation)

Typical course of a Visit

1) Feedback on readings whenever necessary and clarification of concepts
2) Monitoring of the apiary register and decision on the actions to take
3) Intervention in hives, supported by the beekeeper in charge
4) Feedback in the register, discussion on the next interventions for the following visit

Weekly reading

Participants will have access to theoretical or critical readings throughout the season to refine their knowledge. Feedback will be given during weekly meetings.

Honey Extraction weekends (mid-July, mid-September)

Each participant will have to take part in a day of extraction and jarring during each of the 2 honey extraction weekends. Exact schedules will be provided as season moves on.

 

Group Schedules

BLOCk 2 - Bi-weekly specialized conferences

Conferences / discussions
Various lectures, in the form of presentations and discussions, will be offered by guest beekeepers, craftsmen and biodiversity specialists. These conferences are offered with the aim of perfecting different theoretical and practical notions. They will be held in French.

They will take place on saturdays from 9am to 12am, then 1pm to 4pm in Esplanade (6750 Avenue de l'Esplanade bureau 102, Montréal, QC H2V 4M1).. Click on the image on the right or here for the detailed program.

Additional information

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Payment

  • IMPORTANT - Many of you have demonstrated interest in this training. Your registration will only be confirmed upon reception of the full payment of the training.
  • Payment - Payments can be made by Paypal, Credit Card or Visa Debit. If you are experiencing difficulties or if for you online payment is not an option, please contact us at info@mielmontreal.com and we will find a solution as soon as possible.
  • Cancellation / Change in session - Within 7 days prior to the start of the course: full refund and / or change in session, depending on availability. Please e-mail us at info@mielmontreal.com.
    If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the training. In this case, you will receive a notice by e-mail. You can then choose another session or ask for a full refund of your registration.

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Looking forward to meeting you!

Cancellation / Change in session

  • IMPORTANT - Many of you have demonstrated interest in this training. Your registration will only be confirmed upon reception of the full payment of the training.
  • Payment - Payments can be made by Paypal, Credit Card or Visa Debit. If you are experiencing difficulties or if for you online payment is not an option, please contact us at info@mielmontreal.com and we will find a solution as soon as possible.
  • Cancellation / Change in session - Within 7 days prior to the start of the course: full refund and / or change in session, depending on availability. Please e-mail us at info@mielmontreal.com.
    If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the training. In this case, you will receive a notice by e-mail. You can then choose another session or ask for a full refund of your registration.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Crédit Photo : Manoushka Larouche, Samuel Cogrenne, Alexandre Gillez.