Introduction to Beekeeping

February 3, 10 and 17, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon each day

Total cost for all three classes is $60.  Included educational materials and a trip.

Trinidad State Junior College Campus, Berg Building, Room 401

Bee hive with beesSession one (February 3).  Learn the origin of bees and an overview of the European honey bee and where it fits in the world of bees.  There are different races of bees — which is right for you?  The unique biology of bees, what jobs do bees have in the hive and who’s in charge?

Session two (February 10).  Essential equipment needed for beekeepers, when and where to order your bees to get your hive started.  What does a beekeeper do?  Dealing with problems including Colony Collapse Disorder, parasites, predators, pathogens, pesticides and nutrition.

Session three (February 17).  Beekeeping through the seasons, ranging from feeding bees to harvesting honey.  Ways to nurture your bees and the economics of beekeeping.  Since February is too cold to work a hive, we’ll provide opportunities for students to visit an apiary and “work the bees” in April an/or May.  This lesson covers safety, review of equipment, hive placement and more.

Contact Donna Haddow to register at 719 846-5724 or

The instructor if Jim Conley.  He’s a former Huerfano County Extension Agent and a retired International Development Specialist with the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service.