Beginning beekeeping classes scheduled in Apple River

Staff Report

APPLE RIVER, Illinois — Have you been fascinated with honeybees? Have you ever thought about keeping bees and learning more about their exciting world? Do you have some bee equipment, but don’t know how to take care of the bees to get a good honey crop? Are you so disturbed with the knowledge that much of our honey is imported and may not be pure that you would like to produce your own quality honey for your family to use? Have you learned about the terrific health benefits of honey, pollen and propolis and would like to produce them yourself? Are you concerned about the loss of our honeybees to CCD, or are you just interested in the many miracles that occur in their world?

If so, this class is for you. Master beekeeper Terrence N. Ingram, who has taught beginning beekeepers for 50 years, will be teaching a beginning beekeeping course in 2015 for anyone who can answer “yes” to any, or all, of the above questions. The course will consist of seven classes in beekeeping. The first class will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Apple Creek Apiaries, 8384 N. Broadway, Apple River, Illinois. The rest of the classes will be at the same location April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. each afternoon. Each class will be two hours in length and whenever possible include hands-on experience with the participants working with live bees in the Apple Creek bee yard. A registration form and list of the class topics will be sent to interested parties.

The cost of the entire course is $140 with advance enrollment a necessity, as a maximum of 15 students will be accepted. Enrollment in the course includes a one-year subscription to the monthly Small Beekeepers Journal. Enrollment fees may be sent to Terrence N. Ingram, 8384 N. Broadway, Apple River, IL 61001. This course is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. Equipment, clothing and supplies are available from Apple Creek Apiaries bee supply store. For anyone interested, a limited number of honeybee packages with California queens may also be ordered during the first class.

For more information, contact Terrence N. Ingram, Apple Creek Apiaries, at (815) 594-2592.

From the Dec. 24-30, 2014, issue

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