The is an introductory workshop that will offer practical advice for those who want to have bees and will include a visit to one of Rugby’s Apiaries.

Beekeeping is like all of animal husbandry: it is a science and an art. This workshop will give you ample information not only about how to get started, but also a basic understanding of what is involved in today’s beekeeping that will allow you to make decisions that are right for you in your personal situation: which hive type would be best for you, what tools are needed, what is important for the bees’ health, where to get bees and what to do initially when you get them!

Instructor Charles Gibbs has been a hobby beekeeper for about ten years. He currently has four hives in Rugby and another one at his farm in Kentucky. They produce about 400 lbs of honey!

Instructor Boyd Mitchell also has hives in Rugby. He has been a hobby beekeeper since 2009.

Sheila Ray will be the guest speaker. She is the owner and operator of Grandview Cottages’ and Farm, and is a Master Gardener, State Bee Inspector and President of Morgan/Roan County Bee Club.

Shirley Hughes is going to have a table of things to do with bee wax.

No experience or equipment is needed for this class.

Instructors: Boyd Mitchell and Charles Gibbs

Class time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15