2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course

Beginning Beekeeping Course Registration $35.00


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Beginning Beekeeping Course

Classroom: Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19

Field Day: March 30

This course is designed to supply a novice beekeeper with all the information needed to take a colony from its inception through its first year.

The fee for the course is $35, for which you will get all the handouts, a copy of “First Lessons in Beekeeping” and a year’s membership in the Wiregrass Beekeepers Association.   You can register at www.wiregrassbeekeepers.com, or at the door.

The four 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. 

Questions? Call Bill Miller at (334)794-8362 or e-mail him at wgmiller@aol.com

Tuesday Feb. 26, 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. 5, 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 12, 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 19, 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 30 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 put on protective gear, light smokers, and inspect the hives, emphasizing proper hive working procedure.  We’ll evaluate the colonies, find the three types of bees, and probably find a few

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