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Five-week beekeeping course starts Feb. 27

Feb 2nd, 2017 | Category: News

EVERETT – The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension sponsors sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program, to help rebuild, maintain, and expand local pollinators and honey producers. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher for experienced apiculturists. The next session runs on five Monday evenings, Feb. 27 through March 27, 2017 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. 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 is taught by local Journeyman Beekeeper and  WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling. As a beekeeper and entomoligist, Pehling’s unique skills and knowledge provide students with a localized and practical approach to keeping healthy bees.

Class size is limited. Cost for the five-week course is $100 per person. Register online at MasterBeekeeper.eventbrite.com. For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling, pehling@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6019.


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