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Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Nov 4th, 2013 | Category: Skills

Three sessions available through Master Beekeeper Program

WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor three sessions of the apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.

Bee at Chinook Farm. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE HALSTEAD

Bee at Chinook Farm. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE HALSTEAD

The first session starts Monday evenings, Nov. 18 through Dec. 16, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett. The course repeats starting Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 and again on Feb. 24, 2014.

Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management, identification and management of pests and diseases, as well as honey harvest. The overall focus will hone in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in western Washington.

Participants completing the five-week course and passing the optional Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) will receive a certificate towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels of training along with an “Apprentice Master Beekeeper” patch.

Each session will be taught by local beekeeping professionals, WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary Supply in Snohomish.

Class size is limited and costs $85 per peron for the five-week course. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/422378 for the November event, or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/422391 and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/422405 respectively for the January and February 2014 sessions. You can also download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/Beekeeping2013-2014.pdf and mail with a check.

For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039 or e-mail christensen4@wsu.edu. For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling, pehling@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6019.

 

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