EVERETT – Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, on a farm or in the woods, you can become a beekeeper. Beekeeping is an excellent hobby that can easily become an income producer. WSU Snohomish County Extension is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop to help you get started.
 
And, given the nationwide crisis involving the collapse of commercial bee colonies, there’s never been a better time. Bees are essential to the pollenating of fruit orchards, flowers, etc.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Snohomish County Extension office, 600 128th Street S.E. in Everett. The cost of the workshop is $35, or $25 for certified Master Gardeners. Advance registration is required. To register, either call 425-338-2400 or download the form http://snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/registrationform.pdf and mail it with your check.

The workshop will cover what is needed to get started including equipment, “livestock,” maintaining hive health, managing honey flow and dealing with the challenges facing modern-day beekeepers, including colony collapse disorder.

Local beekeeper Mark Johns and WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling will be the instructors.

Johns started beekeeping as a hobby more than seven years ago and has been selling his varietal honeys at farmers’ markets for six years. Johns and his wife operate Misty Mountain Honey, a full-scale business venture. He is a member of the Northwest District Beekeepers Association and occasionally teaches beekeeping to aspiring apiarists in the area.

Pehling has been studying and teaching about insects for Snohomish County Extension since 1978. In addition to his entomological work Pehling also teaches vertebrate pest management for the WSU Master Gardener and Livestock Advisor programs in several western Washington counties.

For more information on the workshop contact Dave Pehling, pehling@wsu.edu or 425-357-6019.
 
To see a related article on the collapse of bee colonies, click on the following link.