Beekeeping Classes Offered At Maritz, February 11, Sure To Be Abuzz With Activity

Do you keep bees? Have you ever wanted to learn how to keep bees?

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will offer courses for both beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri.

Prominent bee researcher and Bee Culture columnist Jennifer Berry, certified master beekeeper Erin Forbes, and Missouri State Beekeepers Association President and frequent speaker Grant Gillard will lead the classes.

The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start beekeeping in April, 2012.

The Experienced Beekeepers’ course will be tailored towards intermediate and expert level beekeepers, and will place special emphasis on spring management, nucleus colonies, queen rearing, mite control, and successful overwintering.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration packets will include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

Online registration began December 15, 2011 at www.easternmobeekeepers.com. Tuition cost is $75 per person before January 22nd and $90 per person for those registering on or after January 22nd. Registration closes February 4th unless filled sooner. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis There will be a waiting list, if needed. More information is available by calling 314-894-8737 or as listed on the EMBA website.

EMBA also sponsors cooperative purchasing of complete beginners’ equipment kits, nucleus colonies, and queens for delivery in March and April, and field workshops at the Club’s teaching apiary throughout the season. Equipment suppliers, Isabees, the St. Louis Walter T. Kelley Company dealer and Dadant & Sons will attend and have merchandise for sale.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the joys of beekeeping with master trainers and talk to the experts! Sign up for the classes today!

More information is available by calling 314-894-8737 or as listed on the EMBA website www.eastern-mobeekeepers.com.