Friday, January 22, 2016

Beekeeping Workshop across Missouri

This is the time to look for beginning beekeeping classes across the state.  Here are a few that are upcoming.  If you don't see a location near you, go to the bottom of this post to find one in your area.

Willow Springs
Beginning Beekeeping
This beekeeping class provides resources to local beekeepers and design networking opportunities for you to learn and grow from experienced beekeepers.  Learn about equipment, sources of bees and how and when to start your own hives.

Class will be held at Jan, 25, 27 & 28 from 6-8 pm each night at the Ferguson Builing, 127 E Main, St, Willow Springs, MO.

Registration is $65 per person and includes reference materials.  To register call 417-256-2391.

Keeping Honeybees beyond the First Year
This all day workshop will be taught by Jim and Valerie Duever.  Learn how to manage and maintain productive honeybee colonies beyond the first year.  Also learn about marketing products of the hive.

The class will be held Feb 27th at the Hunter Civic Center, 201 W Jasper St, Versailles, MO. From 9 am to 5 pm.

Class is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.  Cost is $30 for individual or $50 for a couple.  Contact the Morgan County Extension Center at 573-378-5358.  Registration deadline is Feb 19th.  You can also register online here.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
The Jefferson County Beekeeper Association is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, February 13 from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The workshop will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 301 Third St, Hillsboro, MO.

The workshop will include information on characteristics of a good colony, apiary location, equipment, honey plants, disease prevention, mite control and protection from insecticides. The workshop will be taught with local beekeepers with over 100 years of experience.
Price of the workshop is $50 per person, $25 for each additional person from the same family. Lunch is on your own.

To register, call 636-797-5391. Space is limited to 25 people, so register soon.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
The St. Clair County MU Extension Center is offering an all-day beginning beekeeping workshop on Saturday, February 20th. The workshop will be taught by Pomme De Terre Beekeepers. The topics of the class may include:
  • hive components, construction and accessories
  • Setting up the hive
  • Putting bees in the colony and management of the colony
  • Races of bees, their attributes and were to get them
  • Starting with nucleus hive or package of bees
  • Disease and pest of bees, identifying the queen, workers and drones, their function in the hive
  • Honey harvesting, equipment needed, when to harvest, how to package honey, what needs to be on the label, comb or extracted honey, how to market the honey
  • Fall and winter management to bring the hive to the second year

There will be a starter hive and bees raffled off during the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the First Baptist Church at 505 Walnut Street, Osceola, Mo. and will begin with registration at 8:30 a. m. and end around 4:00 p. m.

Food and refreshments will be provided. Cost of the event is $20.00 and payment along with registration needs to be done by February 17th to the St. Clair County MU Extension Center. For questions, more information or to register, contact the St. Clair County MU Extension Center (St. Clair County Courthouse, P. O. Box 523, Osceola, Mo. 64776) at 417 – 646 – 2419 or by email at If the workshop has to be canceled due to inclement weather it will be made up on February 27th same time and place.

Kansas City
Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Saturday, March 12, at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, Lee's Summit, MO 64064
21st Annual all-day class presented by the Midwestern Beekeeper’s Association. The complete course offers professional classes, a handbook, association membership, refreshments/lunch, a monthly newsletter, prizes, and beekeeping supply vendors on site.  $65 Pre-registration.

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To find out if there is a beekeeping class in your area of the state go to the Missouri State Beekeepers Association calendar of events or the local associations page for a club in your area.

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