Beekeeper classes starting up in February

Beekeeper classes starting up in February

SMITHFIELD - The Rhode Island Beekeepers Association is offering beginner beekeeping classes starting in February.

Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering

The cost for the 5- or 6-week course is $65, which includes course materials, a textbook and membership dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association. Additional family members at the same address may attend for $10 each. Advance registration is required. Visit www.ribeekeeper.org .To enroll, write a check payable to the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association or RIBA and send it with your registration form to: R.I. Beekeepers Association, PO Box 64, Greenville, RI 02828.

You can also call Betty Mencucci at 401-568-8449 or send email to bmencucci@cox.net. Here's the schedule of classes: At Rhode Island College in Providence, with instructor Betty Mencucci, Fridays, Feb. 7-March 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, Feb. 8-March 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

At URI East Farm in South Country, with instructor Evelyn Vose, Thursdays, Feb. 6-March 13, 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, Feb. 8-March 15, 9-11 a.m.