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Poplar Grove hopes to creates buzz about beekeeping


You may not realize it, but the beekeeping industry is a necessary business. And it's easy for you to play a role. All you have to do is go to school for it.

Beekeepers say about every ten years a different disease or pest threatens bees in North Carolina. But hobbyist beekeepers can help. Beekeeper Barry Harris stopped by Good Morning Carolina Monday to talk about an upcoming beekeepers school and why you should get involved.

"They'll learn the basics of beekeeping," Harris said, "and it's a good course for people who want to start out in beekeeping or are currently keeping bees and and have never had any formal instruction."

Harris says about two thirds of the people who go to a beekeeping school end up keeping bees. If you are interested, it starts February 2 at Poplar Grove Plantation. The cost is $55 per person.
Contact Barry Harris at 910-352-7867.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Where to Start and What to Do

A desire for bees could be the best start for each and every bee keeper. Anyone who wants to culture bees and extract honey as a business should a minimum of want to consider bees so she or he can view the behavior or bee colonies. This really is necessary as a way to manipulate their actions and also to conserve a peaceful relationship using them.

In beginning beekeeping, it is crucial to see other folks as they handle their bee colonies. Basically, you cannot really tame bees. You are able to only understand how they act and use what you know to your great advantage. Unless you know anybody who owns bees or has his own bee farm, search for your neighborhood beekeeping association. Within these organizations, uncover more about beekeeping tips and you'll meet other bee keepers who will help you out and train you. Anyway, most beekeeping associations offer courses and provide practical courses where you discover how to handle small categories of bees.

In beekeeping associations or through other beekeepers, you will understand to study and on bees. You need to understand how a colony functions and the way the several castes act regarding one another. You will find basically three castes of bees in each colony or hive. First, there is the queen. In each hive and colony, there is usually one queen. The only time that there are multiple queens happens when new ones are being groomed. Eventually, they'll be scattered into different swarms and will build their very own hives. The queen is the very heart and mother of all the so-called bees. Without her the beehive will perish.

Then you've got the drones. They are larger bees whose only function is usually to mate using the queen. They could also usually larvae but are killed eventually should they cannot work anymore. Lastly, we've the worker bees who're all females. Those are the ones who make food and tend for the hive.

As you find out about beginning beekeeping and also the workings of your beehive, you may then get a colony of your family or perhaps a small nucleus unit of bees that you can tend to and help grow. You can also buy an entire colony (from anyone who has been able to build a new colony) or find some wild bees living in a tree trunk. It's also wise to be careful to make sure that what you have are honey bees. You might be duped (or otherwise knowledgeable enough to differentiate wild bees) and instead have bumble bees or wasps.

Once you've your individual colony, you should make sure that you have the mandatory equipment. The first thing you should buy (if you already possess a hive plus some frames to save your bees) is protective gear. You should buy a bee suit though some suggest that beginners will start using a hat along with a veil. You can do without gloves once you master beginning beekeeping and have gotten bitten several times.