Beekeeping workshops to be held

Ontonagon County Michigan State University Extension is once again teaming up with Leslie McBean, owner of White Birch Apiary of Bruce Crossing LLC to offer two Backyard Beekeeping Workshops.   

The Beginning Beekeeping workshop will be held March 11 at the Ewen-Trout Creek School from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  McBean will focus on a year in the life of a U.P. beekeeper and will cover what equipment is needed to get started and equipment easily made at home, the latest in beekeeping news, new treatments for mites, emergency feeding-what to use and how, spring medications, making comb honey and how to get started with a package in cold weather. Time will be allotted for a question and answer session. Registration deadline is March 8.

 The Advanced Beekeeping workshop will be held March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ewen-Trout Creek School. McBean will discuss the 2016 season highs and lows and the latest in beekeeping news, when to re-queen, spring/fall medications, new medications available and new treatments for mites. Participants interested in a honey exchange can bring a 12-16 ounce jar of their own honey to exchange with others. Also, at the time, McBean will demonstrate testing your honey for water percentage. This year there will be a “swap/sell segment, bring anything related to bees, beekeeping or honey that you would like to sell or trade. Time will be allotted for a question and answer session. Registration deadline is March 22.

Pre-registration is required.  The registration fee, $25 for adults and $15 for youth, 12-18 years old, includes lunch.  For more information or for a registration form, contact the Ontonagon County MSU Extension office at 906-884-4386 or email msue66@msu.edu.

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