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Beekeeping for beginners classes offered in Eastern Panhandle

December 20, 2011

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — The Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association has announced plans for its annual Beginning Beekeepers Classes.

The introduction to beekeeping will be conducted at the West Virginia University Fruit Tree Research and Education Center near Kearneysville from 7 to 9 p.m. on six consecutive Monday evenings from Feb. 6 to March 12.

The “hands-on” instruction is designed to enable the students who complete the course to begin keeping their own colonies of bees. The total cost per family, which includes up to three members, is $60 for the course. It includes the textbook, classroom instruction and membership in the EPBA and its parent West Virginia organization.

After the classroom phase of learning, a field day will be conducted to allow students to gain practical experience working with live bees in an apiary. Additional workshops will be held for those desiring to assemble their own equipment and gain additional skill in carrying out beekeeping tasks.

Information about class registration is available online at www.wvepba.org, where an application form is available to download.

Those who would like to register for the course also can contact Bob Speelman at rwspeel man@mail.com. They are asked to provide the names of up to three family members desiring to attend, include full contact information including mailing address, phone number and email address, and a check made out to EPBA for $60.

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