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Entering the Fascinating World of Honey Bees

This course will provide an overview of the role of the honey bee and beekeeping in our modern society. We’ll look at what we all can do to enhance and protect this valuable resource, whether or not you intend to keep bees yourself. While not a full beginning beekeeping course, we will look at beekeeping as a hobby, including what equipment is needed, the cost to get started, time commitment and how to keep bees safely in a neighborhood. Topics to be touched on include: the history of beekeeping, basic bee biology, the role of honey bees as pollinators, environmental stressors, and everything honey! This is the perfect prerequisite to a course in the “Mechanics of Beekeeping.”

Instructor Bio:

Karen and Ken Hall have been hobbyist beekeepers and members of the Central Virginia Beekeepers Association (CVBA) since 1997. Their particular interest and emphasis is community outreach and education, especially promoting apiculture to young minds of all ages. They are the beekeepers for both the Virginia Discovery Museum and Ivy Creek Natural Area. Karen is Outreach Coordinator for CVBA. Ken is a Journeyman Beekeeper in the Virginia State Master Beekeeper program.

Recommended Reading:

Hall, Derek. Bees & Bee-Keeping, 2010. Beekeeping Basics found at http://extension.psu.edu/business/start-farming/beekeeping

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A42 Ken Hall Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 Fr 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Homewood Suites A

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