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Beekeeping workshop planned for February
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NEW GLARUS - Dan Ziehli, Wisconsin State Bee Inspector, and the Sugar River Beekeepers will provide a free hands-on Beekeeping Basics workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the New Glarus High School Auditorium, 1701 2nd St.

Sponsored by the Town of New Glarus Parks Commission, this is the first of three workshops about the all-important pollinator, the honey bee.

During this session, participants will learn honey bee hive types and which is best suited as a hobby, questions to ask when purchasing honey bees and equipment, current beekeeping laws, proper queen installation and honey bee pest and disease identification.

Attendees will participate in these hands-on learning exercises: honey bee package installation, nuc or small honey bee colony installation, frame construction, mixing honey bee feeds and proper bee medications and placement.

Attendees should bring a lunch. A basketball tournament will be running concurrently with the workshop and the booster club will be selling refreshments outside the auditorium.

Pre-registration is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome also. Register online at or contact Beth Karr at 636-4936 or by email at

The next two workshops will be an on-farm visit in June and Preparing Your Bees for Winter in the fall. Upon completion of these workshops, attendees should feel confident enough to be successful and sustainable beekeepers, regardless of weather, using organic or non-organic beekeeping methods.