Learn About Beekeeping in Community Education Classes

Both introductory and intermediate classes are offered.

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 -- Help sustain a healthy bee population and learn how to make your own honey in beekeeping classes offered through Allan Hancock College Community Education.

Designed for novice and hobby beekeepers on the Central Coast, these classes help students learn how to start and operate a bee hive effectively, how to identify and understand behavior of types of bees in the hive and how to capture, remove and relocate bees.  Other topics such as pest and disease management, flora for bees’ survival and legal issues related to hobby beekeeping are addressed.

Three classes are available:

Introduction to Beekeeping meets Wednesday, Feb. 12 – March 5, from 6 to 8:55 a.m. at the Lompoc Valley Center, Room 1-204.  Another class is offered on Saturdays, April 5 – 26, from 9 to 11:55 am, at the Solvang Center, Room 1.  Instructor Archie Mitchell, B.A., serves as director of the Western Apicultural Society and is senior apiculturist/consultant for the California Bee Company.

Intermediate Beekeeping meets Saturdays, March 1 – 29, from 9 to 11:55 a.m. on the AHC Santa Maria campus, Room C-33.  This course is part lecture, part hands-on experience.  Instructor John Hupp teaches stress management and is an educator, mentor and advocate for bee survival.  He works hives from Santa Barbara to La Jolla.

The fee for each class is $72.  The complete class descriptions and course numbers can be viewed online at www.hancockcollege.edu.  Click Class Search, then select Community Service/Fee-Based in the class type area.  Register directly online.  Students can also 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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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014