Many people have a curious interest in beekeeping but are unsure if it is really for them? Here are a few questions to ask yourself that might determine if you should become a beekeeper:
- Do you enjoy the outdoors and do you enjoy supporting nature?
- Do you enjoy gardening and nurturing plants?
- Do you enjoy woodworking?
- Do you enjoy a biological challenge?
- Do you enjoy talking to people with similar interests?
- Do you enjoy managing a sideline business?
- Do you enjoy participating in a historical craft?
If you can answer yes to most of these questions, beekeeping is for you!
Amazingly, the interest in backyard beekeeping and honey production continues to grow. But how to get started and understand what all is involved can be confusing and frustrating. To help educate those interested in becoming a beekeeper, the Tallapoosa County Extension office, in partnership with the Tallapoosa River Beekeepers Association, will again offer its Beginner Beekeeping Course. Plans are underway to host the course beginning January 12, 2017.
The six week course will be held on Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. and taught by local and experienced beekeepers and experts. All two hour classes will be held in Dadeville, with facility location still to be determined. At the end of the series, each beginner beekeeper will have enough basic knowledge to start keeping bees, acquire and assemble the necessary equipment for the bees, and will have the opportunity to obtain bees to go in the equipment. Cost of the series is $45 per person, and includes two textbooks.
If you would like to become a beekeeper or have any questions, please contact the Tallapoosa County Extension office at 256-825-1050 or view our a promotional flyer. Registration deadline is Friday, January 6, 2017.