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Beginning Beekeeping Class (Missouri & Illinois) | Speedkin

Beginning Beekeeping Class (Missouri & Illinois)

Below is a copy of the email I’m sending out to folks who have expressed an interest in beginning beekeeping over the past several months.  I’ve promised to send them info on the beekeeping class out once it was settled.  I thought it might be a good idea to post it here as well.  Feel free to give me a holler if you’d like further info and I’ll pass on the contact info for the class.  Leave a comment below, email, Facebook me, or send a smoke signal.

The Mississippi Valley Beekeeping Association is holding their annual beginning beekeeping class on Saturday, March 3, this year from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The cost is $30 but it is well worth it.  That fee gets you not only the class but a beekeeping basics book, a year’s membership in the MVBA, a year’s membership in the Illinois State Beekeeping Association, and a few other minor perks such as donuts & drinks during the class, door prizes, and coloring books for the kids.  $30 is not an individual price but covers your entire family so you can bring everyone.

Around that same time, the MVBA goes in on a group buy for packaged bees.  The packages come from a disease-free area in California and they’ve been great, healthy bees for everyone.  They offer two different breeds:  Carniolans and Minnesota Hygenics (an Italian strain).  The bees come in three-pound packages and include a queen.  I believe the cost will be $88 per package this year, payable when the bees are delivered to the Hannibal area at some point in April.

The class is what got us started in beekeeping last year.  The folks putting on the classes have been amazing mentors & friends to us over the past year.  You’ll not meet a better, more giving group of people ever.

(For those of you who stumble on the post from the wide & random world of the internet, this group is in Quincy, Illinois but has members from all over western Illinois and eastern Missouri.  Heck, we might even have  someone from southeastern Iowa, I think?  Or maybe I dreamed that part.  Don’t tell me I’m the only one who dreams stuff and then has trouble figuring out if it’s from the dream or reality!  Seriously, don’t tell me.  I’ve convinced myself I’m entirely normal & sane.)

4 Responses to “Beginning Beekeeping Class (Missouri & Illinois)”

  1. Rachel February 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Who do we need to contact if we want to attend??

    • Diane February 23, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      I just emailed you, Rachel. :-)


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