Published on 02/20/14

Southwest Georgia Beekeepers Club presents bee school

The Southwest Georgia Beekeepers Club will hold a bee school on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Parks at Chehaw in Albany, Ga.

Formed in 2011, the SOWEGA Beekeepers Club is a growing group of bee enthusiasts from southwest Georgia. The University of Georgia Extension office in Dougherty County is sponsoring the workshop.

It will cover the art of beekeeping, hive equipment, honey production and how to manage a hive for pollination. Participants will work with live bees (if they desire) and receive a “My Hive Tool” DVD.

The $30 registration fee includes the course, take home materials, lunch and a club membership. Register online at .

Backyard gardener Calvin King has been a member of the club for three years, when he first decided to order his first bees.

“I began keeping bees when I suddenly realized that after three years of maintaining a garden, I had not seen a single bee in my vegetable garden nor in my flower garden. The first summer after installing a hive in my backyard, I not only had honeybees in the gardens, but other types of bees and more butterflies as well,” he said.

King calls the honey that his bees produce an added benefit to his now healthier backyard environment.

The SOWEGA Beekeepers Club meets every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at the Creekside Education Center in the Parks of Chehaw, Albany, Ga.

For more information about the club or the bee school, call (229) 336-5952, email or see the club’s website at

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