Beekeeping class for beginners scheduled


Beginning beekeeping class: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Richardson-Bretz Building, 119 W. Fulton St., Celina. $50 in advance or $60 walk-in. www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org.

CELINA — A beginning beekeeping class will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Richardson-Bretz Building, 119 W. Fulton St., Celina.

The class, presented by the Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association, will cover everything a beginner needs to know about keeping bees at home.

Cost is $50 in advance or $60 walk-in. A second person add-on registration is available at a discount. The book “Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping” is included. Those registered will also receive a one-year membership in the group.

Class is limited to 35 people. Visit www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or contact Mark Beougher 419-305-8662 or Rich McNaughton 419-733-7424.

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2021 Beginning Beekeeping Class

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) will host its 7th annual Beginning Beekeeping Class March 13, 2021 at the Richardson-Bretz Building in Celina, Ohio. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and last until 5:00 PM.

Participants will learn everything they need to know to begin keeping bees themselves. Topics include reasons for beekeeping, honeybee biology and nutrition, parts of a hive and equipment used in beekeeping, products of the hive and identifying and treating honeybee pests and diseases. Instruction will include installing bees in a hive, working a hive, feeding bees, harvesting honey and more. Demonstrations will be given on assembling frames and installing foundation.

Cost of the class is $50 per person in advance and includes the textbook “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping” (a $65 value). A second person can also register in advance for $25 per person (no textbook). Walk-in registration will be $60 per person ($30 for a second person). Each person registered will also receive a one-year membership in Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers

Association ($15 value), a one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association ($20 value) and the chance to win several beekeeping related door prizes. Beekeeping supply catalogs, literature, and handouts will also be available. Attendees will be given information about ordering honeybee nucleus hives (nucs) from northern climate stock.

Instructors will include GGLBA members along with Dwight Wells from Tipp City, OH. Dwight is a recognized speaker and collaborates with Purdue University on improving the “Indiana Leg Chewers,” a genetic strain with traits that attack the pest varroa mite. Dwight has also taught Queen grafting and is Director of Sustainable Genetic Technologies Network, a collaborative effort in artificial insemination with IL, KY, IN, and OH.

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis and class size is limited to 35 people. To enroll or for more information, go to www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or contact Mark Beougher (419) 305-8662 or Rich McNaughton (419) 733-7424.

The Richardson-Bretz building is located at 119 W. Fulton Street in Celina (just behind the Mercer County Library). Coffee, doughnuts, and refreshments are included. Lunch will be on your own.

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Please consult our website or Facebook page for location and other information. Meetings run from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM and are open to the public.

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Beginning beekeeping class: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Richardson-Bretz Building, 119 W. Fulton St., Celina. $50 in advance or $60 walk-in. www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org.

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