2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course
Beginning Beekeeping Course
Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20,
Field Day March 24
The course is free, and designed to supply a novice beekeeper with all the information needed to take a colony from it’s inception through its first year. We only ask that you be interested in beekeeping. The class is free, and open to all who are interested in beekeeping.
The classroom sessions will be held at the Houston County Extension Office, 1699 Ross Clark Circle. They start at 7 pm and run for about 2 hours. The field session will start at noon at Farm Center next to the Extension Office on the circle.
First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane;
The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition by Diane Sammataro
Questions? Call Bill Miller at (334)794-8362 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday Feb. 27, 7 pm: Welcome to Beekeeping and Equipment Overview
Introduction to beekeeping, equipment needs and sources, and assembling equipment. This is a hand-on session, so bring a hammer!
Tuesday Mar. 6, 7 pm: The Individual Bees
The bees in a colony come in three basic types – worker, drone, and queen. We’ll discuss each type’s unique biology, life cycle, and functions.
Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm: The Hive and the Colony, and A Year in the Colony
We’ll discuss how the three types of bees form a working colony, and how a colony develops in its first year.
Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm: The Beekeeper’s Year and Bee Diseases
We’ll cover Alabama registration requirements and common bee diseases. We’ll also discuss the beekeeper’s year and working a colony (classroom session).
Saturday, March 24 noon: Field Session with Farm Center Hives (beekeeping protective gear required!)
We will meet at Extension Office, then go over to the Farm Center Apiary. We’ll suit up, light smokers, and inspect the hives, emphasizing proper hive working procedure. We’ll find the three types of bees and probably a few unwelcome pests too.