These next few weeks will see some great learning opportunities for the new beekeeper in the East Tennessee area. Here’s the list:
March 1 – Woodenware workshop. This is an annual workshop that teaches new beekeepers how to put together their equipment and how to maintain it. The workshop is hands-on. You’ll actually be putting together some equipment (yours if you bring it; somebody else’s if you don’t) with a lot of good instruction from veteran beekeepers. The workshop takes place at the Masonic Hall in Alcoa, 797 Vose Street. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until lunch time.
March 8 and 15 – New beekeeper class. Our short course for new beekeepers in February introduced some general concepts for beekeeping, but this class will be a hands-on learning experience. You’ll learn how to handle a hive and the bees that are in it. If you’re just beginning, you’ll learn how to get a hive going, what to look for to keep it healthy, how to feed it, and a variety of other skills. New beekeepers should try to come to both classes because we’ll be covering different topics at each. But if you can come to only one, you should. It will be well worth your time. The workshop will be at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and Stephens Road. (Take Court Street from downtown and veer left onto Wilkinson Pike. Go past Peck’s Memorial United Methodist Church and turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. The church is just a short distance on the left. See map.)
March 10 – Regular meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.
April 26 – Field Day for New Beekeepers. This is the day when new beekeepers get to look inside the hive and see some bees. They’ll do that with a lot of supervision from veteran beekeepers. Field Day will be at Charlie Parton’s farm, 1730 East Brown School Road. We’ll have specific directions later. It will begin at 1 p.m.
All of these opportunities are offered at no charge by the Blount County Beekeepers Association.