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Beginner Beekeeping Courses Scheduled For 2011

This article was published originally on 12/8/2010

 
The Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) will conduct beekeeping courses in several locations across the state to help those interested in beekeeping get started. For 2011, course locations and details are listed as follows:
 
Winterset Library – Classes to begin in the end of January or beginning of February.  Instructor: Pat Randol. Contact Pat at 515-210-7445 for details.
 
Ankeny, Iowa Lab Facility – Classes begin Thursday, January 27th and will meet for seven consecutive Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Instructors: John Johnson & Andy Joseph. To enroll, contact Andy at 515-725-1481.
 
Marshalltown -- Classes begin on January 26th and will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays 7:00-9:00.  Instructors: Phil Ebert and Margaret Hala. Contact Jean Brownlie, Iowa Valley Continuing Education, at 800-284-4823.
 
Washington, Kirkwood Center -- Classes to begin March 28th and will meet for four consecutive Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00. Instructor: Ron Wehr. Contact Ron at 319-698-7542.
 
Spencer – Classes to begin in March.  Contact Larry or Marlene Boernsen at 712-735-4205 for details.
 
Knoxville -- Classes to begin in Mid-January at the Marion County Extension Office. Instructor: Craig Greene. Contact Craig at 641-842-2112 for details.
 
Oskaloosa --Classes to begin in Mid-January at the Mahaska County Extension Office. Instructor: Craig Greene. Contact Craig at 641-842-2112 for details.
 
Indianola Library -- Classes run from Jan 6 through March 3. Instructor: MikeWyatt. Contact Mike at 515-961-0357.
 
Fairfield – Course may be available in this location beginning late-January or early-February. Contact Andy Joseph for details, 515-725-1481.
 
To enroll, interested individuals are asked to call the contact for the course in their area. Early enrollment is important so courses can meet minimum enrollment numbers. Fees will vary by location and are expected to range from $30 to $60.
 
For more information, please refer to the IHPA website and online monthly newsletter at www.abuzzaboutbees.com or contact Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship at (515) 725-1481or andrew.joseph@iowaagriculture.gov.