Bee Education & Workshops - Campbells Gold BC Honey Farm & Meadery
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Bee Education & Workshops

Why We Like to Educate

Through our own education and experience working with bees and in agriculture, we are acutely aware of the importance of both to a healthy, sustainable future for our communities, both local and abroad. For this reason, Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery places equal importance on the sharing of our knowledge as we do on producing premium honey-based products.

We strive to educate others about the importance of bees, and inspire our peers and younger generations to embrace our place in the natural world and make a habit of positive practices that support the healthy future we all desire.

Beginner Beekeeping Course
Beginner Beekeeping Course
Workshop & Classes
Workshop & Classes

Certified Beekeeper Beginner Courses

We are once again offering the BC Honey Producers Association certified Beginner Beekeeping Course.
See below for details and how to register.

Course Overview:

Mike & Judy Campbell are certified by the B.C. Honey Producer’s Association to teach this Beginner Beekeepers Course. This course is broken into 8 sessions, with a total of 21 hours of instruction – 15 hours in the class room and 6 hours will be experiential hands-on near, or at the hives.

Sessions Include:

Following is a guide to what will be covered in the course.

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Beekeeping Management and Hive Manipulation
  • Diseases and Pests
  • Honey, Nectar, Pollen, and Pollination
  • Honey Harvesting, Marketing, Fall & Winter Management
  • Hands on at the live honey bee colony

Course Fee:

The course fee of $250 will include the course materials, instruction, final examination and experience with bees.  Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will be issued.

 

2020 Course Dates
at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery:

The on-farm course will be the certified BCHPA course, and runs from Feb 24 to May 2, 2020.

  • Monday evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm – Feb 24, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • Saturday mornings 9 – 12pm – April 18, 25, May 2

2020 Course Dates
at UFV in Abbotsford:

We have agreed to work with UFV to offer an “Introduction to Beekeeping” Course @ UFV through their continuing studies program at a site in Abbotsford.  This will be a slightly enhanced program from what we offer on the farm and registration will be done through UFV – check out their calendar for registration details.

Registering for the Beginner Beekeeper Course:

If you would like to register for the Certified Beginner Beekeeper course held at the farm, please contact us at info@campbellsgold.com, register online or use the course registration form.

A non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required to hold your seat for this course with final payment due at Class commencement on February 24, 2020.

If you wish to register for the course hosted by UFV, please do so through their website: www.ufv.ca/continuing-education/courses/agriculture-horticulture/gardening/

Beginner Beekeeper Course - Campbell's Gold

Workshops & Classes

Paid Pre-registration is required for all of these events (unless otherwise specified).
To register for an event, please register online. For more information, please contact us at info@campbellsgold.com.

Kids Spring Break Fun!

Dates: Wednesdays to Fridays from March 18-20th and 25th -27th
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40/child for three days
This is a three-day fun-filled educational experience for 8 to 13 year olds.
Your kids will learn all about bees and the beehive and how bees, and their products, are a valuable part of our agricultural sector and environment. They will enjoy fun crafts, bottle a jar of honey, and make beeswax candles! We are including key themes from our Jr. Beekeeper’s Day Camp. We will also provide a beverage and snack, but please send them with their own lunch!
Mason bees

Mason Bee Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Location: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
Presenter: Werner Klann
Presenter’s Bio: Werner retired approximately 10 years ago, and shortly after developed a passion for our environment and the Mason Bee. What inspired him about the Mason Bees was their hard work ethics. Over the years he researched the Internet and purchased his own Mason Bees which he set up on his brother’s farm. Two years ago, he started to build Mason Bee Condo homes which are now placed by him for free in Surrey and Langley Parks, golf courses and many homes. More locations for placing his Mason Bee homes are always something he thinks about. He attends trade shows where he puts his Mason Bee homes on display for sale. He is now holding workshops at various business locations to pass on his knowledge and hopefully inspire others to get involved in the Mason Bee experience.
Saving our environment one Bee at a time.

Werner will have both Mason Bees and Mason Bee houses for sale at the workshop.

To register call 604-856-2125 or email info@campbellsgold.com

Campbells Gold Workshop - Let's Plant for Bees

Let’s Plant for the Bees

When: April 25, 2020 from 1pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE fun for all ages!

Come and learn a little about what our pollinators need to survive and specifically how we can help the honey bees by planting bee friendly plants (rain or shine). Hear about the bees and their role with the environment.

Optional activity: Enjoy a ‘make and take’ for only $5! Your potted bee-friendly plant is yours to plant in your garden!

Campeblls Gold Workshop - Spring Happenings in the Hive

Spring Happenings in the Hive

When: May 16, 2020 | 10am – 12pm
Cost: $15 pp* drop-in welcome
*Free for those taking the Beginner Beekeeper course at Campbells Gold in 2019
Who: for the general public and new beekeepers alike

The session will be focused on how we help ensure the bees are looked after in the spring to pre-position them for a healthy start of the honey year.  This time of year is a time to create new queens and much more.

Campbells Gold Workshop - Beeswax Candle Class

Beeswax Candle Making Classes

Dates: July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2020
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $25

This is a basic beginner class where all ages are welcome! Roll your own beeswax candles or make your own molded beauties in two different styles! Beeswax candles are all natural and smell so lovely. Be prepared for two hours of fun.  An advanced fluted and tapered class is available for those wanting more of a challenge. Email us directly for advanced classes!

Campbells Gold Workshop - Open Hive Thursdays

Open Hive Thursdays

When: Aug 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2020 from 2pm – 3pm
Cost: $5 /person  |  Who: All ages. Drop-ins welcome!

Adventure with us and tag along with a beekeeper to learn about topical issues in real time. Includes a visit to a live hive! Bring all of your questions!

If you are interested in this workshop, please register online!:

Campbells Gold Workshop - Fall & Winter Hive Management

Fall & Winter Hive Management Workshop

When: Saturday Aug 22, 2020 from 9am-11:30am
Cost: $15 pp*  drop-in welcome
*Free for those taking the Beginner Beekeeper course at Campbells Gold in 2019
Who: All ages – for the general public and new beekeepers alike

This workshop is designed for beginner beekeepers who have taken a basic course but are looking for assistance in putting theory into practice to ensure that their bees are prepared for winter survival.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register online!:

Paint Nights

Dates: First Wednesday of the month in August, September, and October
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: To be announced
To register: Coming soon
Please save the date and get ready to get creative! We supply your canvas, paints, two glasses of our honey wine, and a meat and cheese charcuterie! It’s a great way to spend time with your friends!
Beeswax Candle and Wraps

Wine Wednesdays – Bee a winer on Wine Wednesday!

Dates: First Wednesday of August, September & October.
Time: Evenings
We will offer a number of different learning/skill building activities with a glass or two of mead.  We are still in the process of planning, but will build in one of the following activities:  make your own wax wraps, candle making, paint night and so on.  Please check back soon for updates!
Campbells Gold Workshop - Bee Tai Chi

Bee Tai Chi – Tai Chi with BeeSunflower Border

When: Stay tuned for our upcoming schedule!
Cost: $60 pp  for a 10-week workshop, paid directly to the instructor.
Who: All ages are welcome

Join us on the farm for this guided Tai Chi experience, to be held outside in nature, amidst our bee-pollinated flower fields.*  Simply bring yourself and comfy clothes!

Pre-payment required. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the session.

*Should the weather not permit, the session is held indoors at our barn loft.

Sunflower border event

Sunflower Border

Date: August 2020
Time: During regular hours of operation
Location: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
Who: All ages are welcome

Sunflower Offering: A beautiful sunflower border will be planted for the bees again. As part of the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail, we are inviting our customers to stroll the gardens. Stop by to get your fix for ‘all things honey’ –including honey wine–and then take a gander through the flowers. Buy a sunflower stem for $1 or six for $5!

If you would like to help us maintain the sunflower border, we will gift you with a bouquet of sunflowers!

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Mead Club for Enthusiasts

Can’t get enough Mead in your life? Well fret not, we’re here to support you in your love of mead. Consider joining the Campbell’s Gold Mead Club and access early notice of new releases, great discounts on all your mead purchases, and other great benefits!

Other Upcoming Events

Campbell’s Gold will also be involved in other off-farm events throughout the year, as well as regular attendance at local farmers markets. Find a listing of all other events on our News & Events Page.