The Worcester County Beekeepers Association (WCBA), the oldest county beekeeping association in the country, will be holding its 76th Annual Beekeeping School beginning March 1st, 2018. The school will run for eight Thursdays
from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
at the Grafton High School at 24 Providence Rd, Grafton, MA.
This school is appropriate for beginners and experienced beekeepers, an individual or the entire family. The fee to attend the school is $35 per student. Each enrollment includes a pro-rated WCBA membership through August 31st, 2018 and the WCBA Quarterly Newsletter. You will also receive a binder with a class syllabus and additional information, to use as a place to keep future classroom handouts. WCBA recommends new beekeeper students purchase a reference book, such as "Beekeeping for Dummies (4th Edition)". For returning students or experienced beekeepers, WCBA recommends "The Beekeeper's Handbook (4th Edition)"
Doors open March 1st, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Classes start promptly at 7:00 PM. The eight-week curriculum includes a variety of interesting lectures, hands-on experiences and outdoor workshops. Learn from the experiences of commercial as well as hobbyist beekeepers. Topics include Getting Started, Hive Management, Safety Equipment, and many others that are important to local beekeeping. Honey Bees are renowned for their economic value as pollinators of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural crops. As well as being important pollinators, honeybees collect pollen, produce royal jelly and propolis - all of which are used as dietary supplements. Honey Bees also produce beeswax that can be used for everything from candles to cosmetics.
WCBA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization aimed at educating the public on the Art of Apiculture.