Sweetest hobby

Beekeepers present ‘how to’ on bees

Jim Stovall holds up a frame of bees to look for a queen or look for where the queen has laid eggs. Participants at the Feb. 8-9 workshop will learn the ins-and-outs of beekeeping.

Jim Stovall holds up a frame of bees to look for a queen or look for where the queen has laid eggs. Participants at the Feb. 8-9 workshop will learn the ins-and-outs of beekeeping.

A worker honeybee surely likes winter better than summer. The lifespan of a worker bee born in the fall is four to six months. In the summer, the worker honeybee lives only four to six weeks.

Such trivia may only help you on Jeopardy! or at Trivia Night at Buffalo Wild Wings. The Blount County Beekeepers Association have much more useful information to pass on.

The Blount County Beekeepers Association will hold its annual two-night short course on beginning beekeeping on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at the Blount County Public Library. The course is designed to teach anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping, and is especially important if thoughts of jumping into this hobby have been considered.

Jim Stovall, Blount County Beekeepers Association member, got his start in beekeeping after attending an association class, so he knows the value of the workshop. The course, said Stovall, is for “anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping, even if you’re not ready to acquire bees just yet.”

The course covers a variety of topics including the basics of beekeeping and equipment, how to set up an apiary and what bees need to survive in today’s environment.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

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