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".

 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.

1 comment:

  1. this sounds like a wonderful course even if just to learn more about these completely amazing creatures.

    we had two hives in our yard, kept and tended by our bee keeper friend Michael Coyle. He had many problems keeping the hives healthy and lost several queens... then the whole hive..twice...the latest demise came because of a type of mite that moved into the hive and took over. :-(

    he's now removed the hives but hopefully he'll try again this spring.


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