Note - this course repeats several times a year due to high interest. Future dates will be posted when they are announced or you can call the Extension Office at the number listed below.
Beekeeping this Winter; Enjoy the Sweet Life Next
apprentice master beekeeper and help increase the supply of local
From the skyscrapers
of New York City to backyards in Western Washington, there’s a movement afoot to
raise honeybees not only for the sweet delights they create but their positive
effect on our local food crops.
majority of the foods we eat depend on honeybees for pollination. Without them
Washington’s fruit and vegetable industies would not exist nor would backyard
gardeners be able to harvest an abundance each year.
help rebuild, maintain, and expand our resource of local pollinators and honey
producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez
Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor two sessions of the popular
apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course
provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as
a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.
next session starts Monday evenings, November 16, 2015 through December 14, 2015 from
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s
Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett. The next five-week course
repeats February 22, 2016 through March 21, 2016 - same time and place.
to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered include bee biology, equipment,
seasonal management, identification and management of pests and diseases, as
well as honey harvest. The overall focus will hone in on the unique challenges
and benefits to beekeeping in Western Washington.
completing the five-week course and passing the optional Washington State
Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) will receive a certificate
towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels of training along with an
“Apprentice Master Beekeeper” patch.
session will be taught by local beekeeping professionals, WSU Snohomish County
Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary
Supply in Snohomish.