Winter 2019 Beekeeping Classes
ROLLA, Mo. – Rolla Bee Club will hold three basic beekeeping classes winter 2019. The non-profit, educational organization will have two basic beekeeping classes January 26, 2019 or February 23, 2019 at Brownwood Estates Clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third class is for second year beekeepers and will be held March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. also at Brownwood Estates Clubhouse.
Registration for the Feb. 23, 2019 class is now full.
Deadline to register for the March 23, 2019 is March 5.
Cost is $50 which includes class materials, a catered lunch and refreshments. Class size is limited. To register, send your name, email and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and a check to David Draker, 1951 Monterey Drive, Rolla, Mo. 65401.
Gift certificates are also available.
The basic beekeeping classes will include basic bee behavior and biology; beekeeping equipment needs and costs; how to properly use beekeeping equipment, how to set up bee hives, pests and diseases, and how to get bee colonies through their first winter.
The second year class will focus on basic beekeeping skills to be a successful beekeeper.
All instructor "coaches" are active beekeepers.
Rolla Bee Club meets the 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. at Brownwood Estates Clubhouse, 1341 California, Rolla, Mo. The club was established in 2014 to support students attending basic beekeeping classes.
“Attending club meetings is a good way to continue to learn and share local best practices and beekeeping techniques,” said David Draker, Rolla.
“When David Draker and I started beekeeping we didn’t have coaches and mentors so we want to give other beginning beekeepers a better, more successful start,” said Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, Rolla.
Rolla Bee Club is a 501©(3) non-profit Missouri educational organization.
"Charlotte, I cannot thank you and your team enough for a FABULOUS class on Saturday. All of your knowledge and passion is astounding!! Not only that, but you have put together a very educational class that is well thought out, touches on so much, moves expediently, breaks in the right places-it couldn’t be better! Thank you very much! We are very excited about beginning our beekeeping experience." MBH
Speakers Confirmed for Missouri State Beekeepers Association Spring 2019 Conference
CAPE GIRARDEAU – Dr. Kirsten Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary, an avid beekeeper, scientist and American Bee Journal editor will be among the keynote speakers at Missouri State Beekeepers Association Spring 2019 conference. The bi-annual gathering of Missouri beekeepers is scheduled for March 15-16, 2019 at Southeast Missouri State University.
Other scheduled speakers include Zac Lamas, a University of Maryland PhD candidate studying varroa mite feeding and pesticide research on honeybees.
Bob Finck, of St. Louis, has won 85 ribbons with honey and beeswax at the Missouri State Fair and has been keeping bees since 1980.
Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, advanced master gardener, steering committee member and contributing writer to Missouri's Master Pollinator Steward Program, will discuss native plants for bees.
More details will be posted at Missouri State Beekeepers Association.