PETERSBURG, Va. — Beekeeping for Beginners is a free five-week course being held at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 4585 Dry Fork Rd, Dry Fork, Va. (Pittsylvania County). Classes will be held for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan. 23, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a field day trip to a hive on March 3, weather permitting.
This five-week course is being offered by the Small Farm Outreach Program of Virginia State University Cooperative Extension. It is designed for individuals interested in starting a beekeeping operation.
Participants will learn about the history and purpose of beekeeping; the basic biology of bees and equipment needed; getting started and harvesting; and how to manage pests, disorders and parasites. Mike Rogers and Patrick Ferrer from the Pittsylvania County Beekeepers Association will be presenters in the course, along with Berry Hines, a master beekeeper.
Registration is free. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.
If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Agent Cassidy Williams at 804-704-4033, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.
— Virginia Cooperative Extension