CCECS announces Benefits of Beekeeping
Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669
For Immediate Release
The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers Benefits of Beekeeping, a workshop series designed for anyone new to bees as well as those who have bees and are interested in new ways to relate to and care for them.
Part 1 will cover bee biology, Hawaiian honeybee history, introduction to treatment-free beekeeping, pests and diseases, and pollination. The field day gives participants an opportunity to visit a thriving apiary, observe effective hive management techniques, and to develop their relationship with bees. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, July 11-25, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. There will be a field day at Paradise Nectar Apiaries in Kapoho on July 29 from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost is $90 and includes the required textbook.
In Part 2, participants will expand their understanding of bee behavior and get invaluable hands-on experience in handling bees. Every student will get to practice inspecting hives while getting feedback and guidance from the instructor. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, August 1 – 15, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. There will be a field day at Paradise Nectar Apiaries in Kapoho on August 19 from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost is $90 and includes the required textbook.
A discount package for taking Parts 1 and 2 is available for $160. Students will need long pants, shoes, long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves for the field days. Limited protective equipment will be available for use.
Instructor Jen Rasmussen has been caring for honey bees on Hawaiʻi Island since 2008. She has developed various methods of maintaining her hives without the use of chemicals or treatments.
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