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  • Spring 2015 Beekeeping Course

    Date: 2014.10.07 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    TENTATIVE OUTLINE for our Beekeeping course, Spring 2015


    Due to weather conditions, the availability of bees will be delayed one week… the dates listed below are the new dates.

    The Spring Beekeeping Course will be presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association in cooperation with Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.  The Course will consist of six, two hour sessions over six consecutive Saturdays, 3PM to 5PM, beginning February 21 through March 21, at which time, the new beekeepers will go home with their own bees installed in their own hives.

    The course fee is $100 for all sessions or $25 per individual session.  Young people 17 and under, when accompanied by a parent or guardian will pay a reduced rate of $50 but will be expected to share the textbook, notebook and materials with that parent or guardian.  The $100 fee includes a textbook (First Lessons in Beekeeping), a 3 ring binder for  notes, handouts and other materials plus a one year individual membership in our association.  Individual session attendees will be expected to purchase those items.

    Feb. 21: Registration, Introductions and general discussion on Honeybees and Beekeeping, all designed to answer the question “Is this right for me?”.  Distribution of textbook “First Lessons in Beekeeping”, three ring binder to keep notes and handouts and Distributor Catalogs.  Overview of hive components, tools and protective clothing.

    Feb. 28: Discussion of bees.  Types of bees.  Life cycle of bees.  Hive locations.  Distribution and discussion of recommended hive components, tools  and protective clothing.

    Mar. 7: Hands on, hive assembly demonstration and assist new beekeepers in assembly of their equipment.

    Mar. 14: IN THE BEEYARD:  How to don protective clothing.  Lighting a smoker.  Using various tools.  Package installation discussion and NUC installation discussion.  How to inspect a hive.

    Mar. 21: IN THE BEEYARD:  Hands on hive inspections by new beekeepers.   BACK IN THE CLASSROOM:  Overview of extracting with demonstration of extracting equipment.  Extensive discussing of what will happen at the next meeting.  Make sure new beekeepers know what to bring.

    Mar. 28: IN THE BEEYARD:  Demonstration and discussion on how to install a package of bees.  (Package bees arrive the previous night).  Assist new beekeepers in installing their packages in their hives.

    July 11: The Insectival at Oxbow.  New beekeepers will get an admission ticket in their notebooks and will assist in the extraction demonstrations we do for the public at Oxbow.

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To take place on six consecutive Saturdays at OXBOW MEADOWS. Saturday February 25 thru April 1, 2017
3:00PM - 5:00PM on each of those Saturdays - cost is $100 for all sessions or $25 per individual session.
** View Course Description HERE **
Call 706-507-8550 to reserve - space is limited.
This is a beekeeping course pack full of information. Bees and Beekeeping equipment are available to purchase but are not included in the price of the educational sessions. Read More HERE
(see below for specifics about our alternating locations)
January 9 - Georgia Extension Service Office
February 13 - Oxbow
March 13 - Ga. Extension Service
April 10 - Oxbow
May 8 - Ga. Extension Service
June 12 - Oxbow
July 10 - Ga. Extension Service
August 14 Oxbow
September 10 - CVBA Picnic at Betty Beegle's Farm
October 9 - Ga. Extension Service
November 13 - Oxbow
December 11 - CVBA Christmas Social at Ga. Extension Office
All dates except the picnic begin at 6PM and end (hopefully) before 8PM.

All of our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, except, of course, September's annual picnic. Now you can put us on your calendar early and plan out your entire year of beekeeping meetings. These meetings alternate locations between Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus, GA and the UGA Cooperative Extension office - 420 10th Street in Columbus, GA. Time is 6:00 PM
Becoming a member of our Beekeepers Association is easy! CVBA-MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

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