I just wish that I had had this experience when I first started beekeeping and finding no support for assessing my hives. Beekeeping is one of those life-long learning experiences.
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Learning Circle participant

In Person and Virtual Learning Circles

I know that some of us learn best by doing things ourselves, using our hands with a little guidance. In Person Learning Circles were conceived to use local talent as a way to offer in-demand topics in an accessible way — hands-on.


I also understand that not everything needs to be in person, so virtual learning circles are small and highly interactive groups that meet over zoom.


Tues, Apr. 23, 2024 – 7 p.m.

Ways to use a nuc with the Sanders

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Tues., May 7 – 7 p.m.

All about swarms with Randall

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June 11, 2024 – 7 p.m.

Bee research on the internet 

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Sat., April 27, 2024 – 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Cutout with Ben

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May 21, 2024, 7 p.m.

On The Spot (OTS) Queen Rearing + Splits 

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Mon, July 15 – 7 p.m.

DIY Logo creation and critique with Brandon

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Weekend Date TBA

Extractors Learning Circle

details forthcoming


Sun., Apr. 28, 2024, 1:30 – 3 p.m. 

Let’s make nucs! with panel

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Sat., June 8, 2024, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grafting with Tyler

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July 20, time tbd

Bottling with Val 

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I am where I am because of the Iowa Farmers Union and NCR- SARE, which laid the foundation of my work between April 2023- April 2024. 


The final report for Learning Circles for Beekeepers may be found in SARE’s database. The work was funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2022-38640-37486 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ONC23-127. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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