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The 'Art of Beekeeping' comes to county in 2011

Would you like to create a sustainable future in bees by raising bees in your backyard?  Honeybees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product. . . honey! 

Mark your calendars; Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 5, (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to attend a class on the fascinating world of beekeeping. The class will be held at the Northwoods Bank's basement conference room, State Highway 34 East, Park Rapids.

Taught by JoAnne Sabin, a well known educator on honeybees and a Dakota County Master Gardener, the course is designed to encourage, assist and educate others in the wonderful experience of keeping honeybees. Materials will cover fundamental bee basics, apiary equipment & hive assembly, selecting a site, feeding and treating bees, queen, worker & drones behavior, nectar and pollen plants, honey extracting, seasonal management and more.

Call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension Program Coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) to register. Registration deadline: Jan. 28, 2011. Registration is free. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners.