Beginning Beekeeping Class

Host The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association (KBBA)
Location KBREC Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way
Date Mar 04, 2017
Time 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

Beginning Beekeeping Class

March 4th- 9am to 1pm

The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association (KBBA) is offering their Beginning Beekeeping class March 4th at the KBREC Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls.

Learn what it takes to become a successful beekeeper in the Klamath Basin.  This class will be taught by Katharina Davitt, the KBBA Education Officer and regional coordinator and instructor for the OSU Master Beekeeper Program.

Beekeeping is rewarding and relaxing.  The bee numbers worldwide have been declining due to multiple factors over the past three decades.  Hobby beekeepers are extremely important to their wellbeing and to keep their numbers up.  Having bees will increase the crops in your garden and 30% of our food depends on them.  In return you will encounter a rewarding hobby with wonderful raw regional honey from your own bees.  It is fun to share the sweet reward of honey with your family and friends.  Did you know that beekeeping brings your stress levels down?  Working bees means you slow down and listen to their humming sound.  Bees will give you clues when they are getting stressed, and a high-pitched humming sound is one of them.  You will learn to work slowly, and by doing so you slow down your breathing.  You become relaxed and your stress levels will go down.

In the Beginning Beekeeping Class you will learn about bee breeds, their seasonal biology, equipment you will need, where to get equipment, how to order bees, and how to get them established.  Do not buy equipment or protective clothing until you have taken this informative class.  We will provide you with catalogs from various bee supply houses free of charge.  This class will cover half of the beekeeping year and will continue in the fall with an Intermediate Beekeeping Class (August 12) to get your bees winter ready to survive through our long winter.

This class is ideal for anyone interested into keeping bees.  The club and Katharina Davitt will host numerous field days throughout the year where you can participate to gain more hands-on experience or to ask questions. 

This class is taught on Saturday, March 4th, 9 am - 1 PM; please come 30 minutes early. 

Location:  KBREC Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, near the airport.

Class cost is $25, payable at the door in cash or check.  Teens under 16 can attend free of charge. 

The book is “Beekeeping Basics” by Penn State University at a cost of $15, or available as a free PDF download at http://tinyurl.com/jfv4gld.

The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All funds received during this class will go towards public outreach and education.

Call: (541) 591-8995 and talk to Katharina Davitt if you have questions.

Interested in joining our bee club? The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association meets on the following Saturdays in 2017 at 9am at the KBREC Extension Office:

February 25, March 25, April 29, May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 21, and November 18.