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February thru April 2014

Bee Building at Topsifield, Ma. Fairgrounds

Registration information

Bee School Contact information

Practical Beekeeping: Essex County Beekeepers' Association is offering a nine week course for beginning beekeepers and others with an interest in bees. Practical Beekeeping is an introductory level course designed to provide students, with no previous knowledge or experience with beekeeping, the necessary information and skills to keep honeybees and produce honey and beeswax. The course will include instruction on bee biology, required equipment, setting up bee hives, acquiring and installing bees, managing bees through the seasons, harvesting bee products, local bee supply dealers, a workshop on building bee equipment, and will culminate with one field session working with live honeybees. Check the web site for updates and course syllabus.

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Registration: Preregistration begins on January 6, 2014 and end January 30, 2014. To register print out the Registration Form and mail a check, for the full amount to: ECBA Attn: Bee School Bee School, P.O.Box 10, Topsfield, MA 01983-0010 no later thanJanuary 30, 2014.

Class size is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis and must be postmarked on or before Jan 30, 2014. All students will be notified by email or USPS upon acceptance. Registration fees are non-refundable. Late or refused registrations will be returned. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from Feb 18 through April 15 in the Beekeeping Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 1, Topsfield, MA. Classes run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Snow cancellations will be based on North Shore Community College’s announcement broadcast on WBZ AM 1030. If cancelled, first night of class will be on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014.

Tuition: The tuition is $75 per person (Includes single ECBA membership for the 2014 calendar year). Youth registration (12-18 years old) is $50 per registrant. Accepted youth applicants must be accompanied by a paid adult applicant. Registration includes one textbook, supplemental handouts, and refreshments. -->

If you have any special needs please notify ECBA in writing @ ECBA Attn: Bee School, PO Box 10, Topsfield, MA 01983-0010 no later than January 30, 2014.
You may also email Bee School Chairman.

Bee School weather cancellation policy

To see if class is canceled:
  • click on CALENDAR. If the class is canceled, it will be marked in orange and show the word canceled.
  • check radio station WBZ AM 1030 or North Shore Community College.
    If N.S.C.C. has canceled, Bee School is canceled.
  • check the message on the Bee School phone answering machine at 978-887-6100.