Much Buzz About Being A Beekeeper

Honey bees and humans have had a documented relationship for thousands of years. Bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year, about 1/3 of all food crops. Piedmont Beekeepers Assoc., one of the oldest beekeeping clubs in the state, has announced a series of workshops beginning in March. The “Practical Beekeeping for Beginners” classes will be taught by a VSBA certified Journeyman Beekeeper; topics include: history of beekeeping, the biology of honey bees and the seasonal management of colonies. Bee experts say many people confuse honey bees with other stinging insects such as wasps, hornets & yellow-jackets. Although related, honey bees are vegetarians, non-aggressive, and rarely sting unless their nest is threatened. Beekeeper classes will take place Wednesday evenings, for eight weeks beginning March 5. Class size is limited and advance registration is required…call 434-660-6063 for more information.

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