After many years of offering a two-night short course for new beekeepers in February, the BCBA is changing the time, place and format of that course.

In 2016, the short course will be Saturday, Feb. 20, at Maryville Church of Christ across the bypass from Foothills Mall.

The short course will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

Topics covered in the short course include bee biology, setting up an apiary, tools and protective gear, installing bees, and extracting honey.

The main reason for the change is that we have more people come to that course than the room at the library can hold. During this year’s course, we had nearly 150 people, and many people had to stand.

A number of vendors will be at this meeting, so you will be able to get catalogues and place orders at the meeting.

Short course schedule

The following is the schedule for the annual short course for new beekeepers, which will be on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Maryville Church of Christ.

9:00-9:15: Welcome and Opening Comments (Harlen Breeden)

9:15-9:45: So You Want to Be a Beekeeper? (Charlie Parton)

9:45-10:00: Experience of a New Beekeeper (Mark Cocke)

10:00-10:30: Intro to Honeybee Biology (Dale Hinkle)

10:30-10:40: Break

10:40-11:10: Setting up an Apiary (Dennis Berry)

11:10- 11:40: Extracting Honey (Luke Newman)

11:40-12:30: Lunch

12:30-12:45: Welcome Back (Bill Manuel) Information on Course for New Beekeepers (Jose Ashbrook)

12:45-1:15: What I Wish I’d Known Before I Got My First Bees (Clay Guthrie from Dadant)

1:15-1:30: Our First Year Keeping Bees’ (Jeff and Mary Berquist)

1:30-2:00: Installing a Package of Bees (Coley O’Dell)

2:00-2:30: Protective Equipment and Tools (Jennifer from Walter T. Kelley Co.)

2:30-3:00: Question and Answer Session & Raffle

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