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Get the buzz on beekeeping at upcoming class

The honey bee is one of the most fascinating and valuable resources on our planet. One in every three bites of food can be attributed to the honey bee. Are you curious about the plight of the honey bee in recent times? Have you ever thought of becoming a beekeeper? Ever wondered what you needed and the cost of equipment for one bee hive in your yard? What is the time commitment for keeping bees? These are a few questions you may have asked yourself.

St. Clair Beekeepers’ Association (SCBA) is hosting its 2016 Beginner’s Beekeeping Class on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Belleville Farm Bureau, 1478 Illinois Route 15 in Belleville. Fees are $45 per person, $60 per couple, and $20 for minors/students. Included in the fees are a morning snack and lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.

Attendance prizes, as well as literature, handouts, and catalogs, will be provided. Vendors will be available. Some of the topics to be covered are obtaining bees and equipment, swarms, stings, bee colony management, hive products, diseases and pests, and beekeeping regulations. There will be question and answer sessions throughout the seminar. Experienced beekeepers (gurus and bee whisperers) will be present sharing their knowledge. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. A registration form with mailing information is provided on the website www.stclairbees.com.

SCBA is a not-for-profit association. One of its goals is to educate the public on good beekeeping practices.

If you have questions, contact one of the following SCBA officers: president Bill Mattatall at bembam99@yahoo.com or (618) 910-3149; vice president Kevin Wilke at (618) 780-3227; secretary/treasurer Vickie Piel at beesrgr8@att.net or (618) 978-4369; or public information officer Barbara Beal at stclairbees@gmail.com or (618) 288-7654.

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