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
First Class - January 29, 2020
Last Class March 25, 2020

This includes an **Apiary demonstration in Mid April or early May 2020.
NO CLASS: Wednesday, February 19th 2020
(University of Manitoba Reading Week)
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location: 172 Agriculture  Building - Richardson International Auditorium
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Fees: $210.00 (includes GST) also includes the text: Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, Third ed.

Recommended text Beekeeping in Western Canada also available
for purchase. The cost is $26.20. If you wish to purchase this additional text, please add this amount to your course fee payment.

Textbooks will be distributed at the first class.
**Weekday evening Apiary session in April or May is weather dependent.

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.

Students who have paid for their course and withdraw or cancel their registration before the second class February 5, 2020 will be refunded their course fee less a $25 admin fee. No refunds will be issued after that point.

The University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund full fee, and to reschedule classes cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.

2020 Beekeeping for the Hobbyist Tentative Class Schedule  


Dr. Rob Currie, Head, Department of Entomology
Phone: (204) 474-6020

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

Payment information: 

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

Niki Biebrick
School of Agriculture
University of Manitoba
353-66 Dafoe Rd.
Winnipeg,  MB  R3T 2N2

Payment must be received by Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Receipts will be distributed at the beginning of the first and second class.
There is a $25 admin fee for duplicate receipts.


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

Dr. Robert Currie

Rob Currie

Beekeeping Students