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All about bees

March 16, 2013 · Updated 3:41 PM

The Food Masters is presenting “Alternative Beekeeping” with “the Bee Man” Ernie Schmidt on Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Grange with a potluck lunch.

This class is appropriate for returning students or for those wishing to enter into the world of beekeeping for the first time.

“You can have your own honey bees in 2013,” say organizers.

Learn exactly what you need to do to start off right and give your hive the best chance for success; what equipment you will need, feeding and initial care, problem solving, when and how to harvest honey, and more.

The cost is $35, reduced to $20 if you have taken a previous Food Masters beekeeping class. Limited scholarships and/or worktrade are available. Email foodmasters.orcas@gmail.com or call 376-4048 for more information and to register.

A portion of the class will also be dedicated to discussing Mason bees and strategies for supporting and encouraging native bee populations.

Handouts will be provided. There will also be Mason bee boxes for sale at the class.

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