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Would You Like to Learn Beekeeping?

Beginner Beekeeping Classes start in February by the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association

Rhode Island College – Friday mornings
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Instructor: Betty Mencucci

Rhode Island College – Saturday mornings
Feb 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Instructor: Betty Mencucci

The course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. Beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated each week.

The cost for the 5 week course is $65.00 per person. This includes all course materials, a textbook and membership dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association (expiring March 31, 2015). Additional family members at the same address may attend for $10.00 each. (In this case, the entire family will be a member of the organization but will receive only one textbook and one set of handouts). Advance registration is required. To enroll, write a check payable to the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association or RIBA and send it with your registration form to:

You can also call Betty Mencucci at 568-8449 or send email to

Adobe PDF2014 RIBA Bee School Registration

Page last updated: July 24, 2017