beekeepers course

OCT 22-23: Beginners Beekeeping Course

From our friends at Charleston Community Bee Gardens…

We are conducting a two-day SC Beekeepers Certified Level Beginner Beekeeping Course the weekend of October 22nd & 23rd, 2022 to be held at Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, 507 Schoolhouse Rd., Dorchester, SC 29437. The course will run from 9am-5pm and it will be taught by several local Certified and Journeyman beekeepers. No prior beekeeping experience is necessary.

The cost of the course is $75. The cost includes annual membership to a Local bee Association thru 2023. The class topics will include:

Basic equipment, selecting an apiary site, equipment supply sources

  • All about the honeybee (bee biology, races of bees, bee history)
  • Diseases and Pests (treatments, pesticides, pest management)
  • Building hive equipment & lighting a smoker
  • Working with Honeybees (starting a bee hive, installing a package/nuc, swarms and swarm control)
  • Honeybee habits (things they collect, nectar & pollen sources, products of the honeybee, honey packaging and labeling)
  • Field day at a local apiary with hands-on instruction (when weather permits)
  • Assistance if you have no place for a hive

This will include two days of classroom instruction and an open hive session to be in the next few weeks after the class. The classes for the last two years were full.

The class size will be limited to the first 40 registered and paid students.



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