Beekeeping Class for Beginners - The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings, February 20, 27, and March 06, 2010 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations. Details are online at the Beekeepers Guild website.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I know I'm not the only person who harbors a daydream of having my own bees happily making honey in the backyard. We get lots of bees here at the farm since we began encouraging large swaths of clover (rather than mowing that flat golf course lawn everywhere) but we don't have hives of our own. With all the bad news about bee illnesses and failures, I've gotten discouraged about keeping a hive healthy. But beekeeping friends tell me that it's not the "home hives" that are so desperately precarious, just the ones that get trucked all over to pollinate commercial plantings. Spring is coming....and I'm thinking of bees again. I may have to scramble some schedules to see if I can't get to this course - even if it's just for the experience and information to be stored "for later".