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2017-05-04

Bandera Co. Beekeeping Field Day

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St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will host a Beekeeping Field Day, May 12, 9 am at 403 Highway 173 north, Bandera. Pre-registration is reguired. Cost is $70, lunch will be included. This will be a three hour course.
This is an introduction to the art of beekeeping, with an emphasis on natural and organic practices. All students will emerge with enough information and hands on knowledge to start a colony of honey bees, and resources for answering questions that will arise as a result of beekeeping through the year. We will spend part of our time in the classroom, with a significant portion being hands on experience in a beehive.
This class will include instruction in:
1) Beekeeping origins and why become a beekeeper
2) Honey Bee Biology
• The Honey Bee
• Bee Hive
• Varieties of Bees
3) Honey Bee Pests and Diseases
• Pests
• Diseases
• Chemicals
4) Beekeeping Tools
5) Types of Hives and Designs
6) Hive Products
7) Honey Bee Calendar
8) Feeding Bees
9) Resources
10) Lab, hands on working with bees in an apiary
• The lab (hive inspection) will be at my apiary 1199 Lower Mason Creek Road after we break for lunch.
About the Instructor, Rick Fink:
Beekeepers Association and member of Texas Beekeepers Association. During the last four years I've transitioned from hobbyist to a full-time beekeeper performing live bee removal and relocations as well managing hives for honey production and pollination.
During the last ten years I have taught and mentored many new beekeepers both youth and adults.
Please PRE-REGISTER by 5 pm May 5, with the Bandera County Extension Office at 2886 Highway 16 north Bandera, TX 78003, 830-796-7755 or at Bandera-TX @ag.tanm.edu to ensure an accurate count for handouts.
"Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. If you need any special accommodations or require auxiliary aids to participate, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife: Extension Service Office, Bandera County at 830-796-7755 two weeks prior to the event so that we can consider your request.