Individuals interested in pursuing beekeeping as a hobby or side business venture are encouraged to attend a "Beekeeping 101" program being offered this winter. Classes will be held at University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac in room 205 Administration/Extension Building on the UW-Fond du Lac campus. Classes will be held from 6:30-9:00 PM on Jan. 20, Feb. 2, and March 3.
The classes are being taught by local beekeepers Earl Jewett and Hank Miller. Miller received the 2009 Educational Award from the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association in recognition of his mentoring of many young 4-H beekeepers. Participants will learn about bee biology, beekeeping equipment, hive management, honey extraction and marketing, overwintering bees, and beekeeping resources. The class will be held early enough for beginners to order bees and prepare equipment for spring.
The program is co-sponsored by the East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association and UW-Extension. The cost to attend the three programs is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Checks should be made payable to the East Central WI Beekeepers Assn. and mailed to: UW-Extension Beekeeping Program, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54935. Pre-registration by Monday, Jan. 18 is required. For more information contact the Fond du Lac Co. UW-Extension office at 920-929-3171.