Thursday, February 5, 2015

Local (FDL) beekeeping classes for beginners

Individuals interested in pursuing beekeeping as a hobby are encouraged to attend a seven-hour Introduction to Beekeeping program being offered this winter. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:30 PM on February 25, March 11, and June 24 at UW-Fond du Lac in room 205 Administration/Extension Building.

The UW-Extension sponsored classes are being taught by local veteran beekeepers Earl Jewett and Hank Miller who collectively have managed beehives over 75 years. The beginners’ program will cover bee biology, beekeeping equipment, hive management, honey extraction and marketing, overwintering bees, and beekeeping resources. The classes will be held early enough for beginners to order bees and prepare equipment for spring.

Cost for the beginning program is $50 per person, which includes a textbook and materials. Special pricing is available for family couples, middle school through college students, and for those who already have a copy of the textbook (Beekeeping for Dummies).

Participants must pre-register by mail or in-person by February 13.  Registration will be limited to 40 people.

Make checks payable to UW-Extension and mail to: UWEX Beekeeping Program, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac, WI  54935. For more information contact the Fond du Lac Co. UW-Extension office at 920-929-3171.

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