Monday, November 28, 2011

The Basics in Beekeeping in Missouri

A workshop on “The Basics of Beekeeping in Missouri” will be held Friday, December 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville. The workshop is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and is limited to the first 20 people that register.

The workshop will be taught by experienced beekeepers, Jim and Valerie Duever, of Jim ‘n’ I Farms, Inc. They have been keeping bees for honey production for about 10 years on their farm in Bachelor, MO. Jim is the President of the Boone Regional Beekeepers Association.

There will be five sessions throughout the day. The first session will discuss parts of the bee and their functions, members of the hive, and society inside the hive. The second session will discuss parts of the hive and the equipment needed. The third session will focus on getting started-what to know your first year, where to set up, how to install, and what to do to keep the bees alive. The fourth session will be hands-on with construction of a hive to give away as a door prize. The fifth session will be a Q&A and information for further education and research including a list of recommended readings, associations, local contacts, etc.

A boxed lunch will be available and must be paid for when you register. Pre-registration is required by November 29. More information and a flyer with registration information can be found here  or to register call the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866 or email.

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