Learn About Bees, Beekeeping, and Save the Environment

Honeybee pollination is critical to our food supply.

JUNE 4, 2013 -- Get into beekeeping and help save the bees!  That is the battle cry of one Allan Hancock College Community Education instructor who wants you to learn about bees.

Instructor Archie Mitchell says that now is a perfect time to “be into beekeeping” and is teaching a new class on the subject at the Lompoc Valley Center.  Beekeeping: Summer in an Apiary, will be offered on Wednesdays, June 19 – July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lompoc Valley Center, room 203.

“Honeybees are still declining globally, so there is great community interest in this topic,” he said.  “In fact, many community activists are concerned about the honeybees as evidenced by the increase in petitions to allow backyard and urban beekeeping.  There is a social trend to help the environment by using less pesticide and buying local, organic goods.”

It is these trends that are beneficial to bees and beekeepers, Mitchell noted.

Mitchell serves as director of the Western Apicultural Society, is active in the Santa Maria Beekeepers Club, and is the senior apiculturist/consultant for the California Bee Company.

“Anyone interested in the plight of honeybees would benefit from this class by learning how critical honeybee pollination is to our food supply,” he said.

Students will learn the 10 commandments of beekeeping and how to help bees survive.  They will become more proficient at managing hives in the summer months and throughout the year to produce and harvest surplus honey from their bee hives.  Students will also discover what exactly honeybees do during the summer months versus the cooler winter season.

Mitchell said that students in his class will also find out how to obtain free bees and meet other beekeepers in the area.

“If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper on the Central Coast or are currently a beekeeper who wants to learn the nuances of beekeeping in this area, this is the class for you.”

The fee for the class is $72, and an optional textbook is available for purchase at the first class meeting.  Register online for Beekeeping: Summer in an Apiary at www.hancockcollege.edu.  Log on to myHancock and click the Student tab to proceed.  Use course number (CRN) 10565. 

Students can also receive registration assistance in person at Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus.

For more information, call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3209.

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Last Modified May 2, 2014