About this course
Not only are bees invaluable to natural environments, they are also critical to our foodways and economy. Pollinators are so important that one of out of every three bites of food in the US depends on honeybees and other pollinators.
If honeybees are so important to nature, humans, and our economy, why are honeybee colonies down in recent years? The answer lies in how we've been taking care of them.
In this introductory course on Natural Beekeeping for Beginners, professional beekeeper, herbalist, and owner of Honeybee Herbals, Courtney Cosgriff explains natural beekeeping and why it important to look to the bees for best practices of their care. This course focuses on natural beekeeping and taking a holistic approach to our relationship to the bees. Natural beekeepers consider themselves guardians of their hives and support the bees in their own natural tendencies. Topics covered include a honeybee overview, the anatomy of the hive, a brief history of humans and bees, the modernization of beekeeping, steps to becoming a beekeeper, red flags, and products of the hive.
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2 modules • 8 assignments • 56 minutes of video lectures
Module 1 • 2 assignments
Introduction to Natural Beekeeping
In this module, HeatSpring instructor Courtney Cosgriff explains the basics of natural beekeeping and why it's critical for a healthy planet.
- Natural Beekeeping for Beginners (56:03 minutes)
- Honeybee Herbals
Module 2 • 4 assignments
Additional Resources on Natural Beekeeping
- Apis Arborea
- Les Crowder Natural Beekeeping
- Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary
Courtney CosgriffHoneybee Herbals
Courtney is a beekeeper, clinical herbalist, gardener, and activist. Courtney began her path with the honeybees in 2011 at the age of 18. Since then, Courtney has dedicated much of her life to working with the bees and being a voice and activist for them in these uncertain times. Courtney spent many years studying and apprenticing with various beekeepers until forming... Learn more