Welcome to Brandt's Bees of Wolfville, NS

 Basic Beekeeping 2021

This will be our sixth year offering this course.

This "Introduction to Beekeeping" two-day course is designed to provide an introduction to the basic aspects of beginning beekeeping, facilitated by two beekeepers with combined experience of over 40 years. Perry Brandt of Brandt's Bees and Kevin McKaigue of Nova Nectar Apiaries both run small commercial operations that include the selling of nucs, queen production, pollination and honey production.

Day 1:
• Hive parts and equipment
• Choosing a bee yard
• Bee life cycle, pests, and diseases
• Field work and hands-on learning

Day 2:
• A year with a hive
• Honey extracting and wax recovery
• Pest identification and treatment
• Field work and hands-on learning

A morning coffee break will be included. You may take the two-day course on May 22-23 or June 5-6 at the Lockhartville Community Hall,  204 Hutchinson Rd Hantsport (near Wolfville).

Cost: $250 per person, HST included.

While some protective bee veils will be available for use, if you have your own, please bring it. Please be advised that while the chance of being stung is low, it is a possibility. All COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Each course will be limited to a maximum of 16 students (8/1 student/instructor ratio) and participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited. To reserve your place, a $125 non-refundable deposit per person is required, with payment in full 2 weeks prior to start of course.

Please Contact:

Perry Brandt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (902) 300-4171
Kevin McKaigue: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (902) 584-2263

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Since discovering the incredible world of Honey Bees, my fascination with them has not waned in the years, my interest and obsession having only grown. I now have a hive count of close to 120 colonies, a comfortable number that I can still manage on my own. Most of my apiaries are located within 15 minutes of Wolfville in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

All of my apiaries are small, usually comprised of 8 to a maximum of 16 colonies. When seeking out new yards I try and maintain a distance (where possible) from any areas I know to have active agricultural spraying potential. A few of my outyards are located in long abandoned orchards.

2015 nuc yards 006 Over the years, I have changed and adapted my approach to working with these amazing creatures. Approximately 6 years ago I stopped moving my bees to pollination, finding the movement of my colonies stressful to both myself (I'm not getting any younger) and the bees. Since doing so I have found a difference in the over wintering success I have been fortunate enough to realize. Like the line from Ulee's Gold,"I take care of them, and they take care of me".

I am a small operation, I do most all the tasks, from tending the bees to collecting and harvesting the honey, to  bottling and labeling my jars and selling the finished product locally. I source as much of the material necessary to do so locally where possible.

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Honey bees are amazing creatures, and I am truly fortunate to have discovered this vocation. There are no days where I dread going to "work"! 

Thanks for visiting,

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Honey Sales

Brandt's Bees bottled honey is available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Wolfville Farmers Market on Saturdays

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