You Too Can Become an Anson Beekeeper
Anson Cooperative Extension will be hosting 4 evening classes devoted to Introductory Beekeeping. Classes will be held February 27, March 2, March 13, and March 16, 2017. This concentrated curriculum targets participants with little to no beekeeping experience and introduces aspiring hobbyists to honey bee biology, seasonal hive management, tools, protective equipment, pests, diseases, and opportunities for lifelong continuing education local and state levels.
Many pollinators are in decline due to habitat loss, disease, and pesticides. Why should this matter to the average person? We all like to eat! Besides being the producer of honey, the role of honey bees as pollinators is crucial to the success of North Carolina’s $96 billion fruit and vegetable industry. Up to one-third of the food we eat can be directly attributed to the work of pollinators. A short list of honey bee crops include cucumbers, watermelons, berries, squash, okra, persimmon, strawberry, peach, blackberry, and even cotton, which most of us are wearing today. And there are many other pollinators; wasps, beetles, flies, solitary bees, bumblebees, bats, and hummingbirds that also contribute in that role.
Nationwide, honey bee hive numbers have been falling, from 180,000 hives 30 years ago, to only about 100,000 today. Even so, North Carolina has more hobbyist beekeepers than any other state. Startup cost is under $1,000. The school is $30 per person, or $45 per couple. Classes will be taught at Anson Cooperative Extension, with instructors from Extension, Anson Beekeepers Association, and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Participants must pre-register. Space is limited. Please contact email@example.com or at 704-694-2415 for more information.