(04/22/2009)
Submitted by Sharon Christ
The West Central Beekeepers Association recently completed a beginners beekeeping class, and through the efforts of the West Virginia University Extension Agency, and several educated and experienced beekeepers from around the state, much has been learned in the art and science of beekeeping.

Through these combined efforts and a cost sharing program, the WCBA and those who participated in the class were able to purchase 33 packages of bees for new hive start up, in addition to 13 new complete hive set ups.

The bees were received April 20, with 13 new systems going into the Roane County bee population, and 20 into Calhoun and surrounding counties.

The Beekeepers Association's goal is to educate new and experienced beekeepers in the area, as well as increase the bee population, which will further improve agricultural production for farmers and gardeners as well as provide more available local honey for purchase by the public.

Honey, especially honey produced in your local area, has many health and nutritional benefits.

The next West Central Beekeepers Association meeting will be held Saturday, April 25, 2:30 p.m. at the Calhoun County Library in Grantsville. The educational topic will be, Spring Hive Management. For more information contact President Dale Cunningham at 354-6916.

For more information about the project you may call 304-927-1775; 304-354-6916; or 304-655-8915.


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