Learn How and Why We Need to Help the Bees

Beekeeping class offered in September

AUGUST 21, 2013 -- Help sustain a healthy bee population and learn how to make your own honey in the process in an Introduction to Beekeeping classoffered through Allan Hancock College Community Education.

Designed for novice and hobby beekeepers on the Central Coast, this class will teach everything one needs to know about how to start beekeeping and manage a hive.  Students will also learn how to identify types of bees in the hive; how to capture, remove and relocate bees; pest and disease management, the best flora for bees' survival; and legal issues related to hobby beekeeping.  Valuable information regarding the plight of honeybees – known as colony collapse disorder – will also be discussed.

The class meets Saturdays, Sept. 7 – 28, from 9 to 11:55 a.m., on the Santa Maria campus, Room S-112.  Fee is $72, and an optional textbook is available for purchase at the first class meeting.

Instructor Archie Mitchell says that now is a perfect time to begin beekeeping.  “Honeybees are still declining globally, and scientists are trying to determine why.  Anyone who is concerned about food production would benefit from this class by learning how critical honeybee pollination is to the global food supply,” he said.

Register online at www.hancockcollege.edu for course number 21521.  Log on to myHancock and click the Student tab to proceed.  Admissions and registration information is also accessible online.  Students can receive registration assistance in person at Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus.

For more information, call 922-6966 ext. 3209.

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