Explore beekeeping class set in O'Neill

Farm and Food

Kirstin Bailey, project associate, kirstinb@cfra.org, 402.367.8989; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

O'NEILL, NEBRASKA – Learn about the role and importance of bees in food production, and how they shape our natural landscapes and support other wildlife in a free workshop hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. This session will be in English and translated into Spanish.

Explore Beekeeping is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Holt County Economic Development Office, 330 E. Hancock St., in O’Neill.

“Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby with business opportunities,” said Kirstin Bailey, Center for Rural Affairs project associate. “It offers you a chance to connect with a large community and you can engage your family. Beekeeping is a physical and intellectual activity, that strengthens your connections to nature, and furthers your understanding of natural systems. These classes are a chance for people to see what is needed for beekeeping, with hands-on opportunities.”

Attendees will learn what it takes to become a beekeeper, including time and labor; the role of beekeepers in farming systems; how to get started in beekeeping, including costs and resources; how to manage bees as a business; and assets available for additional beekeeping training.

Explore Beekeeping is part of Great Plains Master Beekeeping, a regional beekeeper training and certification program, offered by the Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

To RSVP, visit cfra.org/events or contact Bailey at 402.367.8989 or kirstinb@cfra.org; or Kristi Peterson at kristi@growholt.com.