Three sessions of a five-week course for beekeepers will begin this month at the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension office in Everett, Wash.
To help rebuild, maintain and expand local pollinator and honey producer populations, WSU Extension teams with Beez Neez Apiary Supply are sponsoring the course, providing beginning and existing beekeeper classes. The program focuses on challenges and benefits to beekeeping in western Washington.
The first session of the class will be held from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16 in the McCollum Park at Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE in Everett. Sessions repeat starting Mondays, Jan. 6-Feb. 24.
Topics covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management, honey harvest and identification and management of pests and diseases.
Participants completing the five-week course and passing the optional Washington apprentice beekeeper exam (open book text) will receive a certificate toward the journey and master beekeeper levels of training, along with an Apprentice Master Beekeeper shirt patch.
Each session will be taught by local beekeeping professional: entomologist Dave Pehling, WSU Extension; Jim Tunnell, Beez Neez owner.
The course costs $85 per person, and registration is open online for November but the last numbers change to 422391 for January, and 422405 for February registrations.
Download registration forms here.
Those interested may also contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beekeeping courses are becoming more popular with the onset of bee colony collapse which has caused the death of many hives in the Pacific Northwest in recent years. While researchers work to find the cause of the disease – mites appear to be the main culprits – the industry is threatened by a lack of hives as the new pollen season approaches for many PNW crops and orchards in California which use may bees from the PNW, particularly in the state's almond crop.