Learn about bee-keeping at February programs


MOUNT VERNON — Have you ever wanted to keep honey bees just didn’t know how to get started?

The Knox County Beekeepers Association can help. The group will be offering two classes this winter; Beginning Beekeeping 1 and Beginner Beekeeping 2. These classes are Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.

Beginning Beekeeping 1 provides all the information needed to get started: where to purchase bees and equipment, and how to care for bees and keep them healthy. Instruction also will be given on what to look for when you are working your bees, basic biology and behaviors, bee health, pest problems and solutions and of course honey harvesting.

Beginner Beekeeping 2 delves a bit deeper into the art of hive management with discussion topics such as making more honey, catching swarms, collecting pollen and splitting hives. In both classes, the aim is to present best-practices in a straight-forward, step-by-step, easy to understand format. Class and group discussions are encouraged between instructors and students.

“The classes are a lot of fun,” said Jeff Gabric, the president of Knox County group. “Beekeeping can be a complicated endeavor. We try to simplify it for our students and give them enough knowledge to get started and be successful.”

Come with your questions and curiosity. You are welcome to take both classes. It’s a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers, learn and contribute to the conversation.

Included in the registration fee of $45 is lunch, a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delplane and one-year memberships to the Knox County Beekeepers Association and The Ohio State Beekeepers Association.

Classes will be in Hunter Hall, 211 S Main St. Mount Vernon. Preregistration is required. Visit www.knoxbees.com for information or to register online. For additional information, call Jeff Gabric at 515-450-1359.

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Staff report