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2019 Certified Beekeeper Course Updates
Mid-State Beekeepers Association
Our next meeting will be Saturday, March 16th, 10:00 AM at:
Bee Trail Farm
1437 Jessamine Rd.
Lexington, SC 29073
(If we get rained out we'll reschedule for the 23rd.)
If in doubt check the webpage and watch for an email.
We hope you are excited about taking the Beginner Beekeepers course. Some new members have already started to attend our monthly meetings. We are excited to have all new beekeepers attend association gatherings. We try to offer an educational component at every monthly meeting to keep you up-to-date with what's happening locally in Midlands' bee yards and to prepare you for what to expect each month and each season. We hope you will begin to make attendance at monthly association meetings a part of your continuing education program over the coming year and beyond.
Our next monthly meeting is at McGregor Presbyterian Church on Tuesday March 5th at 6:30pm. A map is located on our website.
Looking Forward: Day in the Bee Yard
Our final class will meet on March 16th (weather allowing) for hive inspections in the bee yard. We will begin promptly at 10:00am. Arrive early for fellowship chat. Bring protective gear (veil and gloves minimum).
The location will be at Bee Trail Farm bee yard:
Address: 1437 Jessamine Rd, Lexington, SC 29073
For those that have chosen to take the Certified Beekeeper written test, we will see you the afternoon of March 16th, rain or shine, at McGregor Presbyterian at 1:00 PM for the Certified written test. The test is $10 and you must also be a member of the South Carolina State Beekeepers Association. (If you missed our first class, click HERE for a map to McGregor Presbyterian Church located at: 6505 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212.)
1) Review for South Carolina Certified Beekeeper testing:
2) Also read over your class textbook, First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dr. Keith Delaplane.
3) Our neighbors in North Carolina have put together some fun learning tools and a Certified Beekeeper web quiz where you can test your knowledge beforehand: North Carolina Online Certified Quiz.
As promised, here are the PDF files for your course:
Welcome and Agenda - Todd Shealy
Additional information requested:
Update: Have Questions? Need Support? Looking for a Bee Buddy? Take advantage of the Mid-State Beekeepers FaceBook Discussion Group Here.
Links to SC, Local, and Mail Order Bee Supply Companies - Visit SC and mail order bee supply catalog companies online. Request catalogs from larger mail order vendors.
Beekeeping Tips for Beginners - Includes: Painting and Preparing Bee Hives; Installing a Package of Bees; Feeding Honey Bees; Lighting a Smoker; Hive Inspection; and more.
This is a collection of tips and videos on topics such as assembling equipment, painting, lighting a smoker, hiving package bees, feeding bees in the Midlands, hive inspections, and more.
Beekeeping Vocabulary - Here is a beekeeping glossary to review. Like any new language, it gets easier with time and experience.
We'd also like you to spend a few minutes visiting our Fellowship Page. Beekeeping is part science and part art. Much of what you need to learn will be learned by experience and through fellowship with other beekeepers. Learn how you can stay connected with your local beekeeping community on our Fellowship Page.
Spring is always an exciting time for beekeepers. The good news is Spring starts early for beekeepers and Midlands area honey bees will start gathering pollen and nectar as early as February. Your appreciation for them, the seasons, and nature will be forever changed by what you will learn in your beekeeping classes.
Feel free to email any questions you might have regarding the links provided above to: