The Delaware Beekeeper’s Association will host a “Beginning Beekeeping” workshop on Jan. 23 for aspiring apiarists, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Delaware State University’s Smyrna Research and Outreach Center located at 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road in Smyrna.


The Delaware Beekeeper’s Association will host a “Beginning Beekeeping” workshop on Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Delaware State University’s Smyrna Research and Outreach Center located at 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road in Smyrna.

This workshop will provide new beekeepers the information they need to start and care for a honeybee colony, and the skills to be successful. Attendees will discover how to get started in beekeeping, first year hive management strategies, and integrated management of honey bee pests and diseases. Participants will also learn about honey bee biology, essential beekeeping equipment, installation of “package” bees, how to create a “nuc” (a mini-hive), and what are the best nectar producing plants.

Last year’s workshop was sold out, and seating is again limited this year, so don’t delay. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to have a registration form sent to you, please contact Bill Leitzinger at 302-584-4631 or via e-mail at zinger13@att.net
 
Instructors include Robert Mitchell, Apiary Inspector for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dr. Frank Marro, President of the Delaware Beekeepers Association, as well as other experienced beekeepers. The cost for the workshop is only $80 and alson includes a one year Delaware Beekeepers Association membership ($20 value), handouts for each topic covered, and the famous book “Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping” by Dr. Dewey Caron ($40 value). Also included in the registration fee are two Open Hive events for attendees, one in the spring and another in late summer. By the way, married couples are welcome - and you only have to pay for one person.