Rhode Island College Hosts 2013 Beekeeping Courses

Rhode Island College will host two five-week beginner beekeeping courses offered by the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association (RIBA). 

Topics will include getting started, understanding the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembling the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, identifying nectar sources, identifying bee diseases and pests, inspecting hives and wintering, as well as a demonstration of a variety of beekeeping equipment.

Participants may choose from one of two series of classes:

Fridays – Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 and March 1

Saturdays – Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 and March 2

All classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rhode Island College, in Forman Center Room A.

The cost is $65 per person. Additional family members at the same address may attend the course for $10 per person, however materials and RIBA membership are not included.

Advance registration is required. Enrollment forms are available at www.ribeekeeper.org.

For more information, contact the instructor, Betty Mencucci at 401-568-8449 or bmencucci@cox.net.

RIC will host these courses in partnership with RIBA, as part of the college’s Urban and Community Farming Initiative (UCFI). RIC has hosted two beehives on campus since summer 2012. Additional UCFI programs include the hosting of the Fruit Hill Farmers Market, maintaining a community garden and supporting an ongoing speaker series on perspectives on urban and sustainable agriculture. For additional information on RIC’s green and sustainability programs, contact Jim Murphy, sustainability coordinator, at 401-456-8799 or jmurphy2@ric.edu