Introduction to Beekeeping 2023

Explore the fascinating world of honey bees and the steps to becoming a beekeeper at "Introduction to Beekeeping." This series is designed for someone interested in starting beekeeping or just learning more about honey bees. Topics that will be covered by experienced beekeepers include: life of the bee, common pests and diseases, bee equipment, how to assemble bee equipment, new package installation, how to inspect a hive, and care of the colony.

This year's six-part series will be offered in person and via Zoom on Thursdays, February 19 and 23, March 2, 9, 17 and 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm. In addition to the weekly sessions, participants will be encouraged to listen to pre-recorded videos and review reading material. If weather permits, an outdoor hive viewing inspection will be held on the last night.

This program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit, Sangamon County Farm Bureau, and Prairie Sate Beekeepers.

Registration fee of $45 includes copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping book. Shipping of book is an additional charge. Class size will be limited. Questions, call the Extension office at (217)782-4617.

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