Junior Beekeeping and Beginning Beekeeping Programs Offered

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The Surry County Beekeepers Association and N.C. Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center are excited to offer courses on beekeeping to both youth and adults!

The Junior Beekeeping Program is a FREE program for youth ages 18 years and under who are interested in beekeeping. Participants will learn the parts of a hive, the anatomy of a honeybee, how to light a smoker, open a hive, identify worker bees, and so much more. At the end of the program participants will become a certified Junior Beekeeper! For more information and to register, please click here.

The Beginning Beekeeping School is offered to adults ages 18 years and older. The cost of the Bee School is $20 per individual. Participants may purchase the book, “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition” by Diana Sammataro for an additional $25. Classes will include:

  • Introduction to beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • How to assemble equipment
  • Seasonal hive management of the colonies
  • Pests and diseases of the bees
  • Harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
  • A field day to work with the bees

For more information and to register, please click here.