Beginners Workshop in Jackson

The Central Mississippi Beekeepers Association hosted a beginner’s workshop on Saturday, March 15 at the Ag & Forestry Museum. Walter McKay started the event with a hands-on presentation of beekeeping equipment and jargon. He was followed by me with several power point presentations related to bee diseases, nutrition and methods for starting colonies of bees from either nucs or packages. The formal presentations were followed by an on-site lunch, which was provided by a local Boy Scout troop.

After lunch, we assembled in groups to learn how to work colonies of bees. This is almost always the best part of these workshops. For some folks, it was the first time that they had ever seen the inside of a hive. The outside activities were very relaxed and informal, and we covered all of the basics including lighting a smoker, the proper way of working a colony of bees and recognizing abnormal colony conditions.

Many of the > 115 participants told me that they greatly appreciated the day with the bees. All of the CMBA members that helped with the event deserve a round of applause for ensuring an uneventful (in terms of things going wrong) and educational experience for new beekeepers. This is almost always the workshop having the largest attendance each year.

4 Responses

  1. Debbie Washington
    Debbie Washington at |

    Are there plans for a beginner’s workshop? Attended one in 2012, I believe it was, it snowed. Enjoyed the lectures but missed seeing the bees, hives, and how to work them. Please contact me as soon as you have info on a workshop. I have a few people who are interested. One man has a 50 acre pecan orchard he is interested in raising bees in.


  2. Barbara Thornton
    Barbara Thornton at |

    I have a veteran who is interested in beekeeping . He has experience while in prison at Parchman Penitentiary and will be released soon to Harrison County. I am asking if someone from your organization is willing to come and speak with him at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County? Our organization Voice of Calvary Ministries and Soldier On have been awarded an opportunity to work with incarcerated veterans until they are waiting released. I have spoken with Jeff Harris at Mississippi State Ext. He has suggested that I reach out to a local Beekeeper organizations. If, there is one member willing to come to the facility to speak with a veteran who has served our country. I would be most appreciative. After all, it is “just one day” to assist him in carrying on with his desire to continue to be a beekeeper. This may be his only way to earn a living and to also, reduce recidivism.
    Please contact:
    Barbara Thornton,
    Coordinator of Community Engagement
    Voice of Calvary Ministries

  3. Caroline
    Caroline at |

    I would like to attend a beginner’s workshop. I see that the last workshop was in 2014.

    1. Kevin
      Kevin at |


      Did you have any luck? I’m interested in this also.


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