Beekeeping School Announced
Neuse Regional Beekeepers announce a Spring Bee School for anyone interested in learning about honey bees or beekeeping. No previous honey bee experience is needed nor is ownership of hives. Farmers, gardeners, crafters and students are all invited to participate. The four-week training class will address the major components of beginning beekeeping. Hands-on experience with honey bees will be offered as temperatures rise.
The school will begin on Saturday, February 4 from 9 am to 2 pm at the temporary location of Lenoir County Cooperative Extension. The class will continue for 3 consecutive Saturdays including February 11, 18 and 25. The office is located at 327 North Queen Street in Kinston and parking is available behind the Enterprise Building. The class will meet upstairs in room 309. Need more details? Call the office at 252-527-2191.
Each session will consist of a presentation and a question-and-answer period. Participants will benefit from bringing a notebook and writing instrument for taking notes. Various volunteers who are members of the NC State Master Beekeepers Program will teach the classes.
The fee for the course is $60.00, which includes handouts, textbook and membership in two great groups: the NC State Beekeepers and the Neuse Regional Beekeepers. The textbook Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron is written so that beekeepers at all levels can gain knowledge. Dr. Caron has years of experience as an entomologist and has drawn on the extensive bee biology research of others in the entomology field. He currently teaches at the University of Delaware.
Neuse Regional Beekeepers is a chapter of the NC State Beekeepers Association, Inc. The Neuse Regional Beekeepers was formed in 2006 to provide education and support for local beekeepers and the public. Membership in the organizations supports the NC State Master Beekeepers Program which encourages education through several levels beginning with the Certified Beekeeper. This course should provide ample information for those interested in taking the first level test in the Master Beekeeper Program. Monthly meetings of the Neuse Regional Beekeepers are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Pre-register for the class by calling N.C. Cooperative Extension at 252-527-2191. For further information, call Bob Gaddis, 252-468-2029 or Peg Godwin, Horticultural Agent, (Peg_Godwin@ncsu.edu) 252-527-2191.