Beekeepers to hold classes for beginners
by Jacob Udel
Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association President
The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association will be conducting a series of classes for those interested in beginning beekeeping. Beekeeping is an often under-appreciated craft that is vital to the welfare of our nations’ agriculture and economy. Under increasing economic and environmental pressures, more and more people that were once providing our nation with the bees needed for crop pollination and other services are being driven from their business. With the ever-growing loss of large-scale beekeepers, the need for hobbyists and small scale beekeepers are greater now then ever before!
Whether you are interested in gardening, farming, supplemental income, or simply the wonders of the natural world, there is something in beekeeping for everyone. This course is designed to provide the beginner with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble and populate his or her own beehives with a maximum of safety and enjoyment. Issues such as harvesting honey and rendering wax will also be covered.
The class will take place at the Poudre Valley REA on four consecutive Thursday nights from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on March 21, 28, April 4 and 11. An additional all day hands-on workshop will take place on the following Saturday, April 13, at the ARDEC Crop Facility starting at 9 a.m. Costs are $20 for individuals, $25 for families, and $15 for students. For more information call (970) 493-0814.
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