Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 14, 2013

Extension service offers beekeeping class

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Purdue Extension/Howard County is offering an introductory course on beekeeping from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 in room 101 in the Howard County Government Center, 120 E Mulberry St. The program will give participants basic information along with some helpful hints on caring for bees.

Honey bees are necessary for pollination of many vegetables, fruits and flowers. There is a serious threat to the bee populations throughout the United States and there is a need for additional beekeepers to help boost the bee population, as well as a greater awareness of how citizens can help provide food sources for bee populations, according to the extension service.

Cindy Rush, local beekeeper and master gardener, will discuss information that can help attendees get started.

Paul Marcellino, extension educator, also will discuss how homeowners can provide diversity in their landscapes to provide food for bee populations. He will give tips on limiting pesticide use to limit bees’ exposure.

Local beekeepers may attend to help build a network with people interested in beekeeping.

Register for the class by calling or emailing Marcellino at 765-456-2313 or pmarcellino@purdue.edu.