Beekeeping for the Hobbyist


 Non Credit Course

Offered by the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba
in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture

Date: Wednesday evenings, January 2018 to March 2018
(9 Wednesdays)
This includes an **Apiary demonstration in Mid April
or early May 2018. WAIVER required.
Course capacity is set at 60 students.
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Campus Map
Fees: TBA (includes GST) includs text: Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, Third ed.
Recommended text “Beekeeping in Western Canada” also available
for purchase. The cost is $26.20. Please add this amount
to your course fee payment.

Textbooks will be distributed at the first class.
TBA - FEBRUARY 2018 (University of Manitoba Reading Week)

** Apiary session in April or May, on a Monday evening, is weather dependent. A
WAIVER is required to attend the demo. Please print & sign the waiver. Please mail it with your course fees or bring to your first class.

Honey bees can be managed with ease by urban people.  Besides the honey and bees wax they produce, and their value as pollinators of various crops, their highly developed social organization provides fascinating material for study. 

This series of lectures and demonstrations will deal with the nature of beekeeping; the life history, anatomy, and social behaviour of bees; economics; how to manage colonies of bees; equipment and site selection; pollen and nectar producing plants, nectar flows; seasonal management ; pests, parasites diseases and their control; regulations; honey houses; extracting equipment; grading and marketing honey and beeswax.

The class will be capped at 60 students.  The University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund full fee, and to reschedule classes cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.

2017 Beekeeping for the Hobbyist Course Outline


R. Currie, Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Manitoba
Phone:  (204) 474-6020  Email:

R. Lafrenière, Provincial Apiarist, Manitoba Agriculture
Phone:  (204) 945-4825

D. Ostermann, Extension Apiarist, Manitoba Agriculture
Phone:  (204) 945-3861

Payment information: 

Payment is made via cheque, payable to "University of Manitoba"
and should be mailed to:

Rachel Sydor

School of Agriculture
University of Manitoba
353-66 Dafoe Rd.

Winnipeg,  MB  R3T 2N2

Payment must be received by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Receipts will be distributed at the first class.

Please remember to also mail in your WAIVER form for the Apiary demo.


If you have any questions, please email the school at:

Dr. Robert Currie

Rob Currie

Beekeeping Students