Become a Master Beekeeper; help our pollinators thrive
A majority of the foods we eat depend on honeybees for pollination. Without healthy bee populations, our fruit and vegetables would be much more costly and it would take much more land to produce the same volume.
Instead of leaving things to wind and chance, bees visit every flower, sometimes more than once, very efficiently spreading pollen far and wide. Without them Washington’s apple industry would not exist nor would our backyard gardeners be able to harvest an abundance each year.
To help rebuild, maintain, and expand our resource of local pollinators and honey producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor three sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.
The first session starts Monday evenings, November 5 through December 10, 2012. The five-week course repeats starting Monday, January 7, 2013 and again on February 25, 2012.
Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management, identification and management of pests and diseases, as well as honey harvest. The overall focus will hone in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in Western Washington.
A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the five-week course and passing the optional Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) will receive a certificate towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels of training.
Each session will be taught by local beekeeping professionals, WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary Supply in Snohomish.
Class size is limited and always fills quickly. There are just a few seats left for the November series. The cost for the five-week course is $75 per person. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250308 for the fall event, or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250312 and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250316 respectively for the January and February 2013 sessions. You can also download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/Beekeeping12.pdf and mail with your check. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039 or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling, firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 357-6019.
Nov 06, 2012 02:30 AM
Dec 11, 2012 05:30 AM
|Where||McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett|
|Contact Name||Dave Pehling|
|Contact Phone||(425) 357-6019|
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