Glen Andresen’s life changed in unimagined ways when an old-time beekeeper introduced him to the art, craft and science of keeping bees…and so began a lifetime fascination with the wonder and magic of honey bees. Glen has been keeping bees in his own backyard in Portland, Oregon since 1992 and in other people’s backyards since 2002. Last year, his city bees produced more than 3,300 pounds of honey.

He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College, Garden Fever nursery in Northeast Portland, and others.

Glen Andresen is the host of the long-running hour-long edible gardening show, “The Dirt Bag,” heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland. Since 1994, Glen Andresen has been Metro/OSU’s lead natural gardening educator. The program offers presentations and information on how to have healthy yards and gardens without the use of pesticides. And Glen has been a Master Gardener since 1991, more information can be found on this website http://www.bridgetownbees.com/

Glen will be teaching the day long beekeeping workshop, topics include:

  • CONSIDERATIONS
    1. bee stings
    2. local ordinances
    3. local/state/national resources
  • THE HIVE PARTS—BOTTOM to TOP
    1. basic Langstroth equipment (but also the pros and cons of Warre and top-bar hives)
    2. standard tools and protective gear
    3. typical startup (and ongoing) costs
  • QUEEN, WORKER, DRONE
    1. bee biology
  • READY, SET, GET BEEKEEPING!
    1. apiary location recommendations
    2. sources for bees
    3. retrieving swarms
  • MONTHLY MANAGEMENT
    1. what to look for inside the colony
    2. re-queening
    3. managing for honey production/supering
    4. extracting honey and beeswax
    5. good nectar producing plants
    6. nectar dearths
    7. feeding options
    8. robbing
    9. fall/late summer evaluation
    10. over-wintering
    11. varroa, and other honey bee pests and diseases
    12. treatment options