Basic Bee School Offered

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Interested in having a few hives of honeybees but not sure exactly how to get started? The Appalachian Beekeeper’s Association is hosting a Basic Bee School! This Bee School is a quick crash-course intended to provide enough of an introduction to prepare you for getting started with honeybees and help you land on your feet when your bees first arrive.

When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Where: Mountain Folk Center (~9 miles West of Murphy on US 64 – on the left less than a mile past King’s Leather [which is on the right])

Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family. Reservations requested but not required.

Contact: Zack Stockbridge (828-321-2171 or

Time Topic Details
9:00 – 9:10 A.M. Welcome & Introductions
9:10 – 9:50 A.M. Basic Honey Bee Lifecycle

You do not need a biology degree, but understanding some of the basics about the kinds of bees and the stages in their lifecycles is important for knowing the health of your hives.


9:50 – 10:30 A.M. Hive Components

What are the “pieces” of a hive? What kinds of boxes and frames are involved? This session is all about woodenware and wax.


10:30-10:40 A.M. Break
10:40 – 11:20 A.M. Tools & Clothing

Try on a bee suit, gloves, etc. Learn how to start and use a smoker. Get hands-on with the various tools that are helpful when working with the bees.


11:30 – 12:00 P.M. Installing a Package of Bees Package bees are coming early this year. Weather permitting, we will install two packages of bees into their new homes as part of the Bee School.
11:20 – 12:00 P.M. Hive Management How do you go about a routine hive inspection? Learn what you should look for and what you can do to keep the hive healthy.
12:00 – 12:30 P.M. Last Second Questions

Also consider taking the Beginning Beekeeping course offered through the Community Enrichment Dept. at Tri-County Community College (828-837-6810)

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Photo of Keith Wood, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKeith WoodExtension Agent, Agriculture (828) 837-2210 (Office) keith_wood@ncsu.eduCherokee County, North Carolina
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
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