Extension offers beekeeping workshop in Carson City

Extension offers beekeeping workshop in Carson City
The beginner beekeeping workshop is for new and experienced beekeepers looking for information and tips on beekeeping in northern Nevada. Photo by Kim Hunter Steed.

CARSON CITY–Beginner and experienced beekeepers can learn or refresh their skills at a two-day beginning beekeeping workshop taught by a certified Master Beekeeper and offered by University of Nevada, Reno Extension.  The workshop is Feb. 18 from 6-8:45 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at Carson City’s Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road.

“I’m hoping this class will help beekeepers make fewer mistakes through education, thus saving money on the investment,” said Lindsay Chichester, an extension educator based in Douglas County. “For those asking themselves ‘to bee or not to bee?’ this class will go through the ins and outs of beekeeping by offering more than 10 hours of instruction.”

Chichester started a beekeeping program in Gardnerville in 2020 and has six hives overwintering.

She will be joined by certified Master Beekeeper Del Barber to teach the course.

Barber is a multi-generational beekeeper who founded the Great Basin Beekeepers.

Other course presenters include:

  • Jessica Gardner, Extension horticulture outreach coordinator in Douglas County, to discuss plants for pollinators and other forage habitat points of importance.
  • Kay Godbey, a member of the Douglas County Bee and Pollinator Club, who brings years of financial expertise to educate participants in budgets to help beginning beekeepers evaluate the costs of beekeeping.
  • Daunelle and Weldon Wulstein with Sierra Shadows Honey and Lavender Farm, who will discuss treasures from the hive. With over 300 lavender plants on their acreage, the Wulstein’s have created an oasis for a variety of pollinators, including their own honeybees.

The workshop is $100 per person through Feb. 15 with discounts available for additional family members. Students in the 4-H Youth Development program can register for $50 each. Ticket prices increase by $25 after Feb. 15.

To sign up contact Chichester at lchichester@unr.edu or 775-782-9960. Registration is also available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginning-beekeeping-workshop-tickets-254283618147.

Source: UNR Extension