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Beginner's beekeeping course

634 W. Dekalb Street in Camden, SC 29020

A series of classes, to prepare you to be a Certified SC Beekeeper, on the following dates; February 27, and March 12, 19, 26, April 9, and 16, 2020 from 6:00-8:30

What will I learn?

  • Races of honey bees and terminology

  • Anatomy, biology, and physiology of honeybees

  • Types of hives, hive parts, and accessories

  • Products of the Hive

  • Why keep honeybees, agricultural dependence, and history of honeybees

  • Startup cost and equipment needed

  • Feeding, transporting & hive placement

  • Why honeybees swarm and their management

  • Disorders, parasites, and hive invaders

  • How bees make it through the cold winter months & what we can do to help

  • How to inspect a hive and honey harvesting

  • Pollination and management of a hive throughout different seasons.

  • When, where and how to buy bees

IF you wish to take the Certified Examination at the end of the course, it is an additional $10 paid to the South Carolina Beekeepers Association, at the time of the test. The test is NOT required to keep bees in SC.

2nd Spring 2020 Beginning Beekeeping Course

  • Taking a beekeeping course does not in any way guarantee success in raising honeybees, but it does increase your odds. Honeybees are considered livestock and are subject to changes in conditions on a regular basis. Participating in our course will cover the material to prepare you for the South Carolina State Beekeepers Certified Exam.  Your success with raising honeybees will be dependent on many factors, including weather.  It is in our best interest to prepare you for success, because your success directly affects the success of our hives and the health of our honeybees.