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Barryis a local beekeeper serving the Greater Victoria area on the southern end of Vancouver Island, BC Canada. He is an accredited Bee Master and BCHPA certified instructor of Beginner's Beekeeping. He has been keeping bees for more than 10 years.
Training is an integral part of the support program we provide to beekeepers of the south islands of British Columbia. We currently offer courses for several aspects of beekeeping. All courses include field experience as well as classroom time. We also provide an on going private consulting service for additional on site training.
Becoming a BeekeeperToday, the challenge of becoming a successful bee-keeper is more complex than ever before. Globalization has resulted in pest and bee diseases being dispersed worldwide. Modern, large scale mono agriculture is producing affordable food but at the cost of the honey bees health and wellness. Fortunately, research has enabled a better understanding of the complexity for the bees integration with the environment and their life cycle. The challenge is to access and use this information wisely.
When I started bee-keeping, 15 plus years ago, the process was straightforward. I was able to read a book, build a bee hive and source some bees from a friend becoming an instant bee-keeper. After 4 months of watching the girls, I had some absolutely amazing local honey in my pantry. Today this simplified approach no longer works well. My observation is that the beginner bee-keeper is experiencing a near 50% colony loss during the first year, well above industry standards.
There are four major components in becoming a successful bee-keeper.
ConsultingPrivate consulting session for beekeepers around Greater Victoria are available on a fee for service basis. Please EMail me to inquire for a time and rates or call directly on my HotLine at 250 900-5133.