Beginning Beekeeping Course – 2015



We would like to announce that starting on January 20, 2015 the Alamance County Beekeepers will start the 24th consecutive year of offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course. The objective of the course is to create an interest in beekeeping and provide information needed for a person to become a keeper of honey bees, a beekeeper. No prior experience is required to take the course.

This is a 24-hour course, 20 hours in the classroom and 4 hours in the field. The structured classes start, as noted above, on January 20, 2015 and will continue each Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. through March 24th . All class sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Ag Extension Office located at, 209 N. Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC 27217.At the completion of the classroom instructions, we will have a Field Day on Saturday, March 28th . During the Field Day, we will spend 4 hours in a bee yard to gain hands-on experience in working with the bees.
It’s best to register in advance to assure you have a seat and course materials. The room can only hold 50 people comfortably, so be sure to register early. The cost of the course is $75.00. This includes $10.00 building usage fee, $21.00 for Local and State dues, and $44 for reference handbooks. If your spouse or other member of your family wants to take the course and you can share the books, then the cost for the additional person would be $31.00. To register in advance, please send you name, address, telephone number, e-mail address along with your payment to: Ira G. Poston, 135 Georgetowne Dr., Elon, NC 27244. Please make check payable to Alamance County Beekeepers.
If you live in the Burlington area, you most likely won’t need directions to the Alamance County Center, 209-C N Graham-Hopedale Rd., Burlington, NC; however, if you are coming from out of town one simple way to get to the Ag Extension Office is to get off I-85/1-40 at exit 145 and head toward downtown Burlington. This street is Maple Avenue. Stay on Maple Avenue through the center of Burlington until you get to Church Street, turn right travel approximately 2.1 miles until you get to Graham Hopedale Road, turn left, travel one block and the Ag Building is the first building on the right.
We would also like to announce that in 2015, the Alamance County Farm Bureau will again be sponsoring a Cost-Share program. This is a program where a number of people are awarded two hives each, along with a package of bees for each hive. Applications for this program will be available on the first evening of the class or download the application HERE.

Even though you have registered in advance, we would like for you to come a little early, maybe 6:15 or 6:30 p.m., on the first night, January 20th, so that we will have time to issue nametags and handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 7:00 p.m.

If you know someone interested in taking this course, we would appreciate you sharing the above information with that person.

This course announcement will also be posted on the Alamance County Beekeepers Web Site -

Hope to see you on January 20th

Beginning Beekeeper Course Announcement 2015

Beginning Beekeeping Course 2015

Download the Alamance County Farm Bureau 2015 Cost-Share Program Application Form

Dr. Marla Spivak’s TEDTalk on the dilemma of the honey bee.

Here is the Science TEDTalks presentation given by Marla Spivak on “Why bees are disappearing” given on June 12, 2013 at the TEDGlobal 2013 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is about 16 minutes long, but well worth the time it takes to watch. This is a great presentation! Enjoy.

Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, currently runs the Bee Lab.