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Learning the secrets of beekeepers’ lives

 

LTN Staff Reports

 

Local residents looking to learn all the basics of honeybees and beekeeping will have the opportunity to do so by attending “Bee School,” set to kick off this Wednesday.

Offered annually by the Lincoln County Beekeepers Association, the classes will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday night for eight weeks in the first-floor demonstration kitchen in the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton.

 Following the program, a field day will be conducted in the spring, during which beehives will be opened for study.

The first class will focus on bee biology and physiology, with future topics to be covered to include bee behavior, beekeeping equipment, getting started with bees, the beekeeper’s yearly calendar of tasks, pests and diseases and products of the hive.

This year, the Beekeepers Association is offering up to 10 scholarships for youth, ages 12 to 18.

Participants will need to pay $6.50 for the book, but they will get the school and first-year association membership for free.

While it’s preferable that an adult accompany the scholarship winner to the training, it is not required.

“Honeybees are vital for the pollination of many important food crops,” County Extension Director Kevin Starr said.

“With so few wild honeybees remaining, those that are maintained by trained beekeepers are more important than ever.”

The cost of the program is $45.

 For more information about the Bee School, call association member Lori Beal at (704) 735-0316 or email her at coolerbeal@aol.com.

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