Keeping bees

Interested in keeping bees? You can learn how later this month when the Memphis Area Beekeepers Association hosts its 53rd Annual Beekeeping Short Course.

Who can attend: Open to the public. Those attending the course will receive beekeeping catalogs and hands-on instruction.

What you'll learn: Various aspects of beginning beekeeping will be studied including bee hive equipment, hive management, bee disease control, sources of nectar, pollen, how to install package bees and other beekeeping topics. This course will be conducted by experienced Memphis area beekeepers who are members of the local and state beekeeping associations. These presenters, collectively, have many years of beekeeping experience, and will provide a first class opportunity for you to get started in beekeeping.

When: Saturday, Jan. 27; registration starts at 7:45 a.m. and main presentations begin at 8:45 a.m.

Where: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Building C, Amphitheater Room, Memphis, TN 38120

How much: The $15 fee includes a BBQ lunch and a MABA yearly membership

You can win: Four "new beekeeper" attendees will win a beekeepers beginners kit, including a complete bee hive, bees, bee veil, smoker, bee gloves, etc. Two hive kits will be awarded to Tennessee residents, and two hives will be awarded at large for the Tri-State area. Certain requirements will need to be met for receiving a hive kit. 

How to register: Go to to fill out the 2018 Memphis Area Beekeepers Registration Form and bring it to the Short Course, as a large number of people are interested in this fascinating hobby, and it makes registration much easier and faster. Cash or checks only.

More questions: If you have further questions, you can contact Bob Whitworth at 901-569-3560, or you can also go to

Snow Policy: If the Interstate Loop in Memphis is open for travel, the event will be held, as we do not have another date available later in the yea

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