WALLA WALLA -- People who want to be busy as bees now have a chance to try their hand with the real thing.
Registration is open for basic and advanced beekeeping classes sponsored by the Walla Walla County WSU Extension office. Registration is $40 per person per class by Nov. 1. After that date applicants will be charged a $10 late fee.
The classes will be held Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the Walla Walla County Extension office, 328 W. Poplar St.
The basic class will be held from 8 a.m. until noon and the advanced class will run from 1-5 p.m. Each class is separate, but students can enroll in one or both.
To enroll in the advanced class, students must have completed the basic class or be taking it concurrently or have five years of beekeeping experience.
The classes will be taught by Jim Miller, who has a master's certificate from Washington State Beekeepers Association. He has been a hobbyist beekeeper since 1995. Miller has taught beginning and journeyman beekeeping in Spokane since 1999.
Students who complete the basic course and pass the beekeeper's association test will receive an apprentice certificate. Students who complete the advanced course and pass the association test will receive a journeyman certificate.
Topics in the basic class are: how to get started in beekeeping, beekeeping equipment, spring, summer and fall management and more. The advanced class goes into depth covering workings of the hive, essential oils, chemicals and natural ways, the extraction process, honey marketing and more.
For more information, call John Fouts at 524-2685.
On the Net
Registration brochures: wallawalla.wsu.edu
Washington State Beekeepers Association: wasba.org