Want to keep bees?

A daylong course in beginner beekeeping will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Swain County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Bryson City.

The school is sponsored by Smoky Mountain Beekeepers, representing Jackson, Swain and the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and the extension service.

Topics will include basic bee biology, how to get started in beekeeping, insect and disease control, and more. Afternoon sessions include a panel discussion and demonstrations by local beekeepers.

Robert Brewer, University of Georgia’s Apiculture Extension Coordinator, will lead the bee school. Brewer is a certified international honey judge and cofounder of the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

Cost is $15 prior to April 1, and $20 at the door. Includes lunch and reference materials.


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