The Blount County Beekeepers Association offered its annual February short course for new beekeepers this past week.

Many of those attending had never kept bees before and intend to start doing so this spring.

Former BCBA president Dennis Barry offers a word of thanks to Stacey Adair during the February short course for new beekeepers. Stacey served as secretary for the association for several years before stepping down at the end of last year.

Former BCBA president Dennis Barry offers a word of thanks to Stacey Adair during the February short course for new beekeepers. Stacey served as secretary for the association for several years before stepping down at the end of last year.

During the short course, these potential beekeepers were introduced to the basics of bees and beehives and how to manage those hives. Speakers gave a full rundown of the protective equipment necessary for beekeeping, the costs of getting started, and the goings-on inside the hive.

Many veteran beekeepers also attended and offered advice and encouragement to those who are beginning.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the association will be on Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The public, as always, is invited to attend and learn about the fascinating world of beekeeping.

The BCBA is also offering a morning-long session on wooden ware for new beekeepers on Saturday, March 1. The class will run from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Alcoa.

On March 8, the BCBA will offer  a new beekeeper workshop, Class 2 from 9 a.m. – noon at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Call Stacey Adair for additional information  865.983.6223.

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