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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:41 pm

Are you thinking of adding beekeeping to your gardening or farming expertise? Would you like to learn how to produce your own local honey, and help provide pollinators to your yard and neighborhood?

If so, then beekeeping classes in Springvale through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension would be just right.

York County Beginner Bee School, a five-week introductory beekeeping course, will start Tuesday, Oct. 15, and continue on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 through Nov. 12. The course will cover such topics as the Honey Bee Colony, Constructing Hives, Pests and Diseases, and Honey Production. Students will also have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab. 

Beginner Bee School instructor is Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and vice president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. The course fee is $90 per person, or $140 for a pair of students sharing the text and materials, and includes a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Beekeeping classes will take place at the Anderson Learning Center at 21 Bradeen St. Registration deadline is Oct. 9.

For more information and a registration form, see http://extension.umaine.edu/york/ or contact the York County office of UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1535 (in state) or 207-324-2814 or email rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

The course is co-sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

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