Cutouts with Ben

Ben, holding honey comb during a ceiling cutout of honey bees
...just seeing what the bees do when they're left, you know, not in our boxes, but in, it's kind of a box, a wall or a ceiling or whatever. But just seeing how they will do things on their own, which was very interesting.
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beekeeper, attended virtual cutout learning circle

Cutout is the term we use for honey bee colonies that are ‘cut out’ from a built structure. You can see Ben here, performing a cutout from the ceiling of a house.

In this Learning Circle, we will get a live, hands-on, interactive demonstration of how to remove bees from a house. Because there is more than one colony living here, we will hold two Learning Circles on the same date and location.

Choose your time below.

A $25 deposit is required and will be returned after your successful participation.

Registration accepted until capacity is met. Registrations received after 5/5/2024 may need to supply their own lunch/snack foods.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

morning 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Osceola, IA

limit: 20 people

Saturday, May 11, 2024

afternoon 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Osceola, IA

limit: 20 people

Ben Hoksch is a foraging instructor, local food provider, ecologist, and general Iowa enthusiast among other things.

He has managed the central Iowa swarm call list for the last few years. By keeping bees for 5 years and doing professional honey bee removals for 3, Ben offers a wide and deep range of experience to share.

Thank you to North Central SARE and the Iowa Farmers Union for supporting this Learning Circle. Designed to connect beekeepers with each other and topic experts in a peer-to-peer collaborative format, Learning Circles appeal to all learning styles as a way to increase deep knowledge, community, fun, and enjoyment in beekeeping.


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number H010694407 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 presentation are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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