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2012-02-16 / Community News

Central Texas Beekeepers School


Area residents learn about beekeeping at the Central Texas Beekeepers School. Area residents learn about beekeeping at the Central Texas Beekeepers School. Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Spring Beekeepers School to be held March 24 in Brenham, Texas.

The one-day school is designed to help those interested in Beekeeping to understand what is involved in starting the hobby and becoming involved in beekeeping. Our beginning sessions will introduce the participant to bees and explain how they work, what it takes to safely handle bees and where to purchase the necessary equipment. Students will even be able to “suit up” and participate while a live beehive is opened and examined.

For those that already have bees, intermediate sessions are available to help learn about bee diseases, proper hive management for honey and how to raise queens.

There will even be sessions on using Bee Sting Therapy for treating Multiple Sclerosis and where to find beekeeping information on the internet. Drawings will be held for door prizes.

The school begins at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham and concludes around 5:15. A catered Bar-B-Que meal, complete with Blue Bell Ice Cream (we ARE in Brenham!) for dessert, is included in the admission price.

Being a family-oriented hobby, a children’s area for those 3 through 10 will be provided. This area will be under adult supervision and will involve beerelated activities and crafts appropriate for the age of those registering as children.

A vendors area will be available with items to purchase. The Central Texas Beekeepers has a limited number of complete, painted hives ready for bees available for purchase.

The cost of the school is $35 for the first adult from a family and $25 for additional adults (18 years of age and older) from the same household. Children under 18 are $15 each.

Last year there were 174 people in attendance at the school. Participation is expected to exceed 250 this year.

Additional information and registration can be found at www.centraltexasbeekeepers.org. You may also email centraltexasbeekeepers@gmail.com or call (979) 277-0411.

The Central Texas Beekeepers meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham. You may visit our website listed above and view us on face book at Central Texas Beekeepers and Friends.

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