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Top Five Reasons to Take a Beekeeping Course at Delaware Valley

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Posted on April 9, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

Beekeeping is the exciting maintenance of honeybee colonies, typically in hives. DelVal offers two beekeeping courses: Introductory Beekeeping for beginners and Queen Rearing for those with beekeeping experience. 

Beekeeping is the exciting maintenance of honeybee colonies, typically in hives. DelVal offers two beekeeping courses: Introductory Beekeeping for beginners and Queen Rearing for those with beekeeping experience. 

If you haven’t given beekeeping much thought, now is the time to learn about what this fun activity has to offer. Read on to find out the top five reasons to take a beekeeping course at DelVal:

1.Help the environment. Bees transfer grains of pollen from one plant to another to fertilize the flowers. Some flowers rely on the wind for pollination or are self-pollinating, but most flowering plants need bees to do the work. By learning about bees and participating in beekeeping, you’ll be encouraging the pollination of flowers and helping more flowers grow.

2.A fun and exciting hobby. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to beekeeping. The beginner course will teach you about honeybee behavior, how to harvest honey and various management practices for different seasons. Or, if you have previous beekeeping experience and opt for the Queen Rearing course, you’ll learn about helping queens adapt to the environment, avoiding certain types of queens and more. You’ll also learn how to graft larvae and have the option of taking queen cells home.

3.Learn about beeswax. Beeswax is a useful product that honeybees produce then discard around the hive. Bees build their comb from beeswax. There are many different purposes for beeswax, including waterproofing leather, preventing rust, making candles, coating nails and screws, and creating crayons.

4.Harvesting honey. Beside pollination, bees are also responsible for the creation of honey. Honeybees take nectar from flowers and work in the hive to convert it to honey. A single honeybee doesn’t create a lot of honey alone over a lifetime, but working together, the bees can produce more than 200 pounds of honey in a year. And you can find out how to harvest the honey from the hive with DelVal’s beginner beekeeping course.

5. Learn about queen bees. One bee ruling an entire colony as they produce honey is a wonder, and you’ll learn how it works in DelVal’s Queen Rearing course. This course will teach you how to raise your own queen bee and the benefits that go along with it. 

The beekeeping courses are typically offered in the spring at DelVal. For more information about beekeeping at DelVal, click here to visit the website. You can also register or contact us to learn more.