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Feberuary 6, 2017

Beekeeping to be offered at Garrett College’s Southern Outreach Center

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a course on Beekeeping at the College’s Southern Outreach Center. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, Feb 20 to April 10, 7 - 9 p.m.

This course is designed to help beginners learn the history of the honeybee, colony structure, and bee biology. This course will also explain the tools of the trade and importance of hive location. Class topics will include discussions about collecting swarms, installing package bees, establishing colonies, handling invasive extractions, transporting hives and avoiding threats from humans and animals. The final class will include a field trip to an active bee yard where students will have an opportunity for hands-on experience. The cost of the course includes a starter hive. Participants will need to purchase their own bees and protective equipment.

The course is being co-instructed by Hop Cassidy and Chip Lee. Cassidy is a long-time beekeeper. He has served as the apiary inspector employed by Maryland Department of Agriculture for many years. Additionally, he has supported new beekeepers as the president of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. Lee has completed certification as a Master Beekeeper. He is an active member of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. He has kept bees for years and regularly sells honey at the Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market.

For more information on this course, persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.