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Three beekeeping classes return

Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE –  Beekeeping classes are back at McHenry County College, covering modern beekeeping techniques, installing bee hives and raising queen bees.

The following classes are available:

• Beekeeping 101: Learn about bee biology, modern beekeeping techniques, construction of bee hives and how to acquire bees. The class is for those who have never kept bees. The class will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Monday through March 4, in Room E119. Use course ID: NPG S38 002 when registering. The cost is $59.

• Seven Ways to Raise a Queen: Participants will learn simple methods of raising healthy honeybee queens. With a few insights and a small amount of equipment, the backyard beekeeper can raise locally adapted queens with a great record of winter survival, good temperament and excellent honey production. The class will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 11 in Room E203. Use course ID: NPG S83 003 when registering. The cost is $19.

• Beekeeping Field Study: A practical, hands-on class for installing, manipulating and inspecting colonies of bees. The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon on two consecutive Saturdays, April 20 and 27, in a bee yard. The instructor, local beekeper Larry Krengel, will contact students about the class location before the first class. Participants must, at a minimum, wear a veil, long sleeves and long pants, appropriate gloves and closed-toe shoes or boots. Use course ID: NPG S39 004 when registering. The cost is $55. For information, call 815-455-8588 or visit www.mchenry.edu.

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