Learn about beekeeping

Beekeeper Matt Allen from Apricot Apiaries starts up a smoker during a beekeeping field day last spring. Two “Open Hive” field day workshops are coming up on Saturdays, April 30 and June 4, at the Diamond Hitch Ranch. Beginners and seasoned beekeepers are welcome.

KIMBERLY — Two beekeeping workshops are coming up from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, June 4.

The “Open Hive” field days, organized by Matt Allen and Liz Lovelock of Apricot Apiaries, will be a go0d opportunity for beginners to learn and seasoned honeybee managers to share experience and knowledge.

The group will inspect hives at the Diamond Hitch Ranch in Kimberly and discuss healthy brood, good queens, spring management, making splits and how to know when a hive is falling and how to fix it.

Keeping bees can be an enjoyable and rewarding endeavor, but Allen cautions it “takes some time and investment and is not for everyone.”

“Making honey is more than just putting bees in a box,” he said.

The field days help people understand the commitment before making the leap, Allen said.

Participants should bring a snack, and those who have extra protective equipment are asked to bring it to share.

The Diamond Hitch Ranch is on State Route 19 between mileposts 106 and 107, just north of Holmes Creek Road.

For more information, call apricotapiaries@gmail.com or call 541-934-9101.

To learn more, visit Apricot Apiaries on Facebook.

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