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Bee keeping workshop

September 18, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Tama County will be hosting a bee keeping workshop at 6:30 p.m. on September 21, 2016. Provided that the weather is good, the workshop will be held at the farm of Jim and Penny Dolezal south of Montour.

The workshop will feature Jesse Randall, ISU Extension and Outreach Forestry Specialist, who will present Bee Keeping 101. The presentation will focus on the basics of bee keeping, how to get started, and timely information pertaining to winter maintenance and pest control.

"When I started beekeeping seven years ago the learning curve for me was quite steep," Randall said.

"Honey bees are quite gentle if you work around them, they force you to be calm and quiet. They are also a great source of local food; there isn't enough honey available to keep up with demand. It's good to know where your food is coming from and how it is being handled; you can't always get that at the grocery store."

Jim Dolezal will have some equipment available for viewing. The workshop is designed for all levels of experience: prospective bee keepers, novices, and experienced. It will also be a great way for bee keepers to network with each other in Tama County.

In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will be held at the Tama County Extension and Outreach office in Toledo. Pre-registration is requested. Pre-register by calling Zeb Gray at the office at 641-484-2703 or e-mail at



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