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Local beekeeping course starts Nov. 16; repeats in February

Nov 3rd, 2015 | Category: News

EVERETT – To help rebuild, maintain, and expand local pollinators and honey producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor two sessions of the popular 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. The next session starts Monday evenings, Nov. 16 through Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett. The five-week course repeats starting again on Feb. 22, 2016. 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 Master Beekeepers, WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary Supply in Snohomish. The cost for the five-week course is $90 per person. Register online at MasterBeekeeper.brownpapertickets.com. You can also download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/master-beekeeper-apprentice and mail with your check. For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling at pehling@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6019.

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