Encouraging a New Generation of Beekeepers

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Junior beekeepers monitor the health of a beehive.

The Kawartha Junior Beekeepers Program was established in 2017 and is a hands-on program for children aged 8 to 12 years who are interested in learning about beekeeping. The program follows the beekeepers’ year – from equipment preparation to honey harvesting.  Each month, from February to October, the students learn to be stewards of their own beehive by putting into practice concepts they learn in the classroom.  In class, they learn about pollination, bee biology and pest management.  At the hive, they observe and identify bees, split colonies and monitor the progress and health of the hive. Monthly sessions are held on Saturday mornings, and are taught by experienced beekeepers, with guest speakers and field trips rounding out the program.  This program is offered in Cavan Monaghan Township.  In 2019, the program will also be offered in Durham Region (Kendal).  An information night for parents and children will be held on January 24th at 7pm at The Mount Community Centre (Heritage Room), 1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough.  For more information, visit the website – www.jrbeekeepers.ca or https://www.facebook.com/Kawartha-Junior-Beekeepers.

By Lenka Petric

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