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Beginning Beekeeper? Wannabee? Maybee?

Written by: Christine
November 20, 2011

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Beekeeper Illustration  |  If you’re feeling the buzz on bees and want to learn more about a fascinating and important activity, the Jefferson County Extension Service and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) will present an eight week series of classes called Beekeeping in the Panhandle.

More and more Floridians are starting to keep bees. Some do it for the honey, some do it for the crop pollination benefits, some do it for a family learning experience, and a few even do it for the money. Whatever your goal, this series can help.

The classes cover a variety of beekeeping topics including types of honey bees, pollen collection and how to split hives. These classes will be offered by interactive video at the Jefferson County Extension Office located at 275 North Jefferson Street in Monticello and held from 7-9 p.m.EST on the following eight dates.

  • Monday, Nov. 21: Introduction to Bees
  • Monday, Nov. 28: Introduction to Beekeeping and Beekeeping Equipment
  • Monday, Dec. 5: Bee Management
  • Monday, Dec. 12: Pests and Diseases
  • Monday, Jan. 9: Honey Plants and Pollination Ecology
  • Monday, Jan. 16: Products of the Hive
  • Monday, Jan. 23: Splitting Hives, Increasing Hive Numbers and Pollination
  • Monday, Jan. 30: Others Topics in Beekeeping

A $50 fee per person covers the cost of the series of eight classes, materials, and admission to the trade show. You can mail the registration to

Jefferson County Extension Office
275 N. Jefferson Street
Monticello, FL 32344

These classes will also be offered at the Leon County and Wakulla County Extension offices.

The Beekeeping Trade Show will be held at the Washington County Extension Office located at 1424 Jackson Ave. in Chipley on December 10 at 10 a.m. CST. Preregistration is at 9 a.m. the day of the event. This tradeshow consists of hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and more.

Registration is free to series participants.
For more information, or to register, please contact Jed Dillard, Jefferson Extension Agent, at 342-0187, or dillardjed@ufl.edu.