Okaloosa County Extension and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) will present a series of classes called Beekeeping in the Panhandle. 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 Okaloosa County Extension Office located at 5479 Old Bethel Road in Crestview from 6-8pm on:
- Monday, November 21: Introduction to Bees
- Monday, November 28: Introduction to Beekeeping and Beekeeping Equipment
- Monday, December 5: Bee Management
- Monday, December 12: Pests and Diseases
- Monday, January 9: Honey Plants and Pollination Ecology
- Monday, January 16: Products of the Hive
- Monday, January 23: Splitting Hives, Increasing Hive Numbers and Pollination
- Monday, January 30: Other Topics in Beekeeping
Speakers will include UF/IFAS Extension Entomologists and apiary specialists with Florida’s Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection.
A Beekeeping Trade show is also being held at the Washington County Extension Office located at 1424 Jackson Avenue in Chipley on December 10th at 10am. Preregistration is 9am the day of the event. This free trade show consists of hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and more.
Along with the registration form, a $50 fee per person and $25 for each additional person covers the cost of the classes and materials. You can register by calling 689-5850 or stop by the Extension office before November 16th.