During the spring of 2018, we are conducting a series of educational events. Our purpose is to provide an overview of beekeeping to those who may have interest in taking it up as a new activity. Our intent is to discuss the fundamentals in sufficient depth so that new beekeepers will have a foundation upon which to start keeping their own colonies. Course work is scheduled so that colonies can be set up for the 2018 bee season.
Prior to the training events, orientation sessions are scheduled. They are designed to address questions of those who are unsure about whether beekeeping is for them. Subjects planned for discussion are level of effort required, expenses, safety and due diligence. The schedule for the orientations is:
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM A person will only need to attend one of the orientation meetings. Both will be held at the offices of the Otero County Extension Agent, Otero County Fairgrounds. There is no cost for the orientation.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
A person will only need to attend one of the orientation meetings. Both will be held at the offices of the Otero County Extension Agent, Otero County Fairgrounds. There is no cost for the orientation.
Update (February 22, 2018): Registration for the class series is now closed. Thirty participants have signed up for the program.
The training will be delivered through four sessions of approximately one and one half hour each. They will also be held at the Extension Agent’s offices. The schedule and the general subject matter to be covered at each event are:
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM, preparation for colony start up and logistics
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the beekeeper's season and activities
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the honeybee: physiology and behavior
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM, products of the hive; pests and diseases; Africanized bees
Handouts and resource information will be distributed at each of the events. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials. The amount of that fee will be determined prior to the first class session; in order to avoid taking class time for collecting payments, registered attendees will receive a payment request via email.
Following the four classroom sessions, field sessions will be held on an appointment basis. At these sessions, attendees will be able to observe live bee colonies and participate in an inspection of a colony.
If you have any questions about the series of these events, please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beekeeping has been an extremely satisfying pursuit for us. The honeybee and the colony are fascinating. They continue to mesmerize us after many years. We look forward to sharing them with you. We think you are in for a treat.