(staff photo by Justin Kase)
April 22, 2007
Taking a peak over the shoulder of association president Allen Hayes, students from the Howard County Beekeeper Associationâs âIntroduction to Beekeeping Classâ get a close up view of one of the multiple frames that hold the honeycomb which bees live and work on and in inside their hive, during the classes' field day at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock. A typical hive contains ten frames that the forty to sixty thousand bees within the hive live and work on.
Through the five week class students from throughout central Maryland learn the basics of beekeeping with the classesâ culmination taking place on their field day. During which students have the opportunity to implement the skills learned through the prior four weeks including, dressing properly, smoker lighting, opening and inspecting a colony, finding the queen, recognizing eggs & larvae and how to care for the bees inside.