2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course

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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.

Recommended texts:

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 wgmiller@aol.com


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.


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