Have you ever considered keeping honeybees? Trade in a few hours to see if this hobby is in your future. The honeybee is a fascinating and beneficial insect, but the stresses of modern agriculture are making life difficult for the bee. By starting a hive or two of your own, you can improve the pollination of plants in your local area, collect some honey and provide Mother Nature and the honeybee a helping hand. Classes will be held at the Charlotte Hall Library during February 2014. The course consists of 4 sessions (Feb 1,8,15 from 9:00-12:00 and Feb 18 7:00-9:00PM).
Topics to be covered are bee behavior, beekeeping equipment, installing bees into a hive, year-round management, nectar sources, honey production, diseases, and pests. Equally important, you’ll meet a number of local beekeepers who can help you while you’re getting started. The charge for the course is $40 for one person or $45 for two people in the same family who can share course materials. The fee covers the cost of the book used for the course “The Beekeepers Handbook” and a year’s membership in the Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers. Space in the library’s meeting room is limited, so advance registration is necessary. Registration closes when the class is full. To check on class availability or for other questions, call Chip Whipkey at 240-925-2196 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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