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Beekeeping for beginners workshop Feb. 16

The Dunn County Beekeepers and the UW-Extension are sponsoring an "Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping" Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Disabled American Veterans Building (DAV) north of Menomonie. It will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop is designed to provide the basic information necessary to start beekeeping in Wisconsin. Participants will be guided through their first year of beekeeping. The workshop is intended for those who have no experience with bees and beekeeping. The 2007 Wisconsin Honey Queen, Michelle Heram, will attend as well.

In this eight-hour course, you will be guided through your first year of being a beekeeper, from a general understanding of how honeybee colonies are started and managed, and the procedure of how to order a package of bees, the purchasing and assembling of equipment you and your bees will need for a successful first year. Discussions of basic bee biology, colony development, diseases, pests, summer management and honey extraction will help provide a basic knowledge of the beekeeping.

The course is intended for those who have never had a honeybee colony. Anyone interested in bees and their impact on our environment are welcome to attend.

Please note the following program topics: Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping, Bee Keeping Equipment, Bees and Bee Biology, Where to keep your bees--Selecting an Apiary location, Beekeeping Organizations, National Honey Board, Your First hive (from a package), Disease Prevention and Management, The dreaded BEAR, Spring Management, Summer Management, Getting ready for Winter, Honey Processing, Beekeeping Partners.

The cost will be $35 for the first person from the same family; $8 for the second person. Make check payable to: Dunn County Beekeepers. Mail check to: Jim Faust, UW-Extension, 800 Wilson Ave., Rm. 330, Menomonie, WI 54751. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 13. Late registrations and registrations at the door will be $45. Fees include program, lunch, hardcover book, materials and one-year membership to the Dunn County Beekeepers.

Directions to the DAV: Take Hwy. 25 (Exit 41) north off I-94 about two miles to CTH BB and turn right to the Disabled American Veterans Building.