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Beginning Beekeeping Class- ‘The First Year of Keeping’- Columbia River Gorge, Mar. 13th, 2012

Beginning Beekeeping Class Part II

Want to get started beekeeping? Interested in chemical-free bees and  beekeeping? Have you studied bees and beekeeping on your own and would like a class to fill the gaps in your understanding?

Join Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees, a local landscape designer, beekeeper and apitherapist for an informative look at what to expect in your first year of beekeeping. Subjects to be discussed include hive placement and protection, sourcing bees, hiving bees (putting them in the hive), handling the bees, swarming (bees’ natural increase) honey supering and related topics.  Hives, hive tools, and protective gear will be available for purchase the night of class.  At sign up, please let Melissa know if you are interested in purchasing a hive.  This course is for everyone, regardless of whether or not you attended the first class.

Practical matters will be covered: the how, where, when, cost, etc. of starting beekeeping. Bring your notebooks and questions!

Cost: $30 (Cash or Check) or by Paypal incl. taxes and fees.  Payment address: PO Box 62, White Salmon, WA 98672

Payment: Class limited to 12; by 3/6/12.  After 3/6/12 class fee is $35.

When: Mar. 13, 6:30 pm

Where: Private residence, White Salmon WA. On sign-up you will receive location info.



2 Responses to “Beginning Beekeeping Class- ‘The First Year of Keeping’- Columbia River Gorge, Mar. 13th, 2012”

  1. Shannon Knapp says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I am a Hood River resident, temporarily living in CA and soon to be leaving the Gorge and moving to western Montana. I really want to learn how to keep bees and want to find out how to do that in colder Montana climates. Can you refer me to any books you may know of, people, websites, etc. where I can begin my education?

    I really love bees….thank you for the work you do! If I was in Hood River right now I’d sign up for your next workshop in a heartbeat! 🙂

    Thank you,


    • melissa says:

      Wish you could be there too!

      My advice is to read, read, read about beekeeping and then talk with local beekeepers about techniques in your area. In colder climates hives can be wrapped for insulation or even moved inside (to an unlit garage for example), which has some technical implications.

      First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith S. Delaplane, Beekeeping: A Practical Guide by Richard Bonney, and Ross Conrad’s Natural Beekeeping (written more poetically) are a few on my shelf that I recommend to beginners.

      Of course there are a myriad of internet sites to peruse…

      Good luck in Montana,

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