It is time again for our bee school, this is one of the most fun events that we as a club put on. We get to educate people about honey bees and introduce them to the world of bee keeping.

Our goal for the class is to teach you about honey bee biology, their importance to the environment and the food supply, how you can help honey bees and last but not least, how you can start keeping honey bees in your own back yard.

The class is organized as a one day classroom class with multiple speakers and lunch included. After the day-long class, we will do three hands-on days in our club apiary where you will get a chance to watch a package of bees being installed as well as the chance to do an inspection of a live hive.

It is important to note that once you take the class and you are a member of the club you are welcome to come to as many of our apiary days as you want. Your learning adventure does not end once the class is over. We normally do them every weekend during the busy season and you will get to participate in all the different activities that you will do as a beekeeper, making splits, collecting honey, checking for mites, treating for mites, and everything in-between.

We are hoping that the COVID-19 situation will be looking better by the time the class comes around, but we are doing everything we can to prepare for what the situation might be at the time of the class.

To give you some ideas of what our our 2020 class looked like, which was held right before the restrictions went in effect, some of the precautions we took were:

  • Separate tables per family
  • Food served by club member instead of a buffet line
  • Masks and gloves for everybody

Depending on how things look in March we will adapt to the current restrictions and do everything we can in order to keep everybody safe.

We highly recommend that you read The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum before the class, it is a great book and will set up you to be able to connect the dots when you listen to our speakers talk about honey bees.

Kim Flottum brings a background of more than a decade of plant science, honey bee research, and basic farming to his 30 years as the editor of Bee Culture magazine, where his main occupation is finding the answers to the multitude of questions that beginning, intermediate, and even advanced and experienced beekeepers bring to the table. He teaches beginning and advanced beekeeping courses, travels extensively to educate and lecture, and contributes to a variety of other publications on the basics of honey bees and beekeeping biology, the business of bees and pollination, producing and using varietal honeys, and a host of other subjects. He is the author of The Backyard Beekeeper, The Beekeeper’s Journal, and In Business with Bees. His books, magazine articles, interviews, and blogs are widely read for both their fundamental and advanced contribution to beekeeping knowledge. His magazine platform gives voice to his social commentary on topics ranging from genetically modified foods to pesticide abuse to both good and bad government regulations in the industry. He is beekeeping’s leading advocate for fundamental honey bee safety, including insuring excellent honey bee health, providing extraordinary forage, and minimizing the use of agricultural pesticides.

We will also be offering an opportunity to take both your written and practical tests for the Certified level of the Master Beekeeper Program which is a program that the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association runs to encourage beekeepers to grow and learn more about honeybees. You can take the written test right away, but you have to have a minimum of four months beekeeping experience is needed prior to taking practical test.

When: March 20th
Where: Wilson County Agricultural Center (or equivalent based on COVID restrictions)
Cost: $50 per person and that includes the club membership.

Click below to sign up.