The Cookeville Beekeepers Association is presenting its annual Beginner Beekeepers short course this year on Saturday March 4th. The details for the event are below.
Location: Collegeside Church of Christ – 252 E 9th St, Cookeville, TN 38501 in “The Gap”… enter through the East entrance.
Date/Time: Saturday March 4th 2017 8:00am – 3:00pm CST
Cost: This class is free to anyone who is interested – no prerequisites are required other than an interest in beekeeping and the desire to learn. No registration is required… just show up. A $10 donation to the club – while not required – would be graciously accepted.
If you want to participate in the TN Beekeepers Association / Cookeville Beekeepers Association free hive grant drawing – to win one of 3 free beginner beekeeping kits – you must attend this class. There is no need to pre-register – just show up ready to learn.
We’ll also be giving away several other door prizes to participants at the beginner’s short course.
If you want to participate in the hive grant drawing please follow this link to get more information on the requirements. The drawing will be held at the end of the short course on March 4th, and you must attend in order to enter. All requirements must be met by that time to participate.
The short course will cover the basic subjects that a beginner needs to begin beekeeping through their entire first season.
Also, we’re planning on adding a new component to the short-course this year. Immediately after the short course is over at 3:00pm, we’ll be heading over to our un-official club apiary (weather permitting) to have a short hands-on apiary session. The location will be announced at the end of the short course. A veil is required to attend the apiary session, so be sure to bring one. While gloves, long sleeves, and long pants are optional, they are also recommended for first-time beekeepers. If you do not already own a veil, you can order one from here or here or here, but order it asap so it can be here in-time. If you’re really in a pinch, you can usually find these at your local Walmart.
Also later in March – weather permitting – we will begin having regular hands on sessions in our new club apiary where beginners (and anyone else) will get regular opportunities to experience beekeeping first hand. The final schedule for apiary sessions is yet to be announced, but they will probably be weekly on Saturday mornings – depending on the weather of course. All apiary participants will be required to furnish and wear a veil at all times within the apiary area.
While beekeeping is a broad subject with lifetime learning opportunities participating in the Cookeville Beekeepers Association beginners short course and apiary sessions should greatly help to get you successfully started as a beekeeper.