Getting Started With Honey Bees

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Are you interested in raising honey bees, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you need help finding equipment or information? Don’t worry, N.C. Cooperative Extension Currituck Center has the class for you! Starting on April 19th, from 6:00-7:30 at the Currituck Extension Center, we’ll cover the basics of how to get started with beekeeping, what equipment you’ll need, what a year in the life of a beekeeper is like, and how to get your first jar of honey. This free, four-part series, will be held every Tuesday from 6:00-7:30 until May 10th. In addition to these hands-on classes, we’ll offer workdays to demonstrate key beekeeping practices throughout the year. A more detailed schedule can be found below.

Week 1 – Before you get started – April 19th

  • Why do I want honey bees?
  • Things to consider BEFORE I get honey bees.
  • Hobby or Business?
  • What do I need to get started?

Week 2 – Beekeeping equipment – April 26th

  • A year in the life of a beekeeper
  • Equipment options

Week 3 – How to obtain honey bees – May 3rd

  • How to obtain honey bees
  • Honey bee genetics

Week 4 – Honey extraction and bottling – May 10th

  • Honey Extraction and Bottling
  • Honey sales regulations
  • Associations, mentorships, and other educational options
  • Ten things I wish I knew before I ever got bees

Register for this free class at our Eventbrite link ( Registration is only required once, but attendance is expected at all four classes. Make sure to include your cell phone number to receive text reminders before each week’s class, and notifications for workdays where you can participate in hands-on demonstrations to reinforce materials covered in class.

For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact Adam Formella at 252-232-2261, email no later than ten business days before the event.