Are you looking for a fun and interesting hobby? Are you looking for a hobby the whole family can enjoy and participate in? Are you looking for a hobby that doesn’t require a lot of time and has great rewards in the end? Are you looking for a hobby that doesn’t require a lot of money to get started and can pay for itself and present some profit? Beekeeping is the hobby you and your family have been looking for.


Beekeeping is rewarding, educational, fun, relaxing, and self-sustaining. The beekeeping products that you will receive will be treasured not only by you and your family, but by friends and neighbors as well. Beekeeping is very enjoyable and interesting and soon the whole family will want to be involved as well.


A beginning beekeeping workshop will be held to help you better understand the joys of beekeeping and give details on how to get this rewarding hobby started. If you are already a beginner beekeeper or are interested in becoming a beekeeper, this workshop will increase your knowledge and relay the latest information on beekeeping to you. The workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at the First Service Bank Community room on Hwy 65 North in Clinton. The workshop will be taught by James Rhein, President of the North Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association. Topics to be covered include equipment, spring, summer and fall management, requeening, splits, using a smoker, how to properly assemble bee equipment, where to obtain bees and bee law. The workshop runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you must provide your own lunch. The workshop is free but due to limited space registration is required.


To register please call the Van Buren County Extension office at 501-745-7117. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.


Honeybees and their products have been a critical part of life since before recorded history. Honeybee products have been treasured by everyone from kings and queens to doctors and the common people of today’s society. Honeybees’ greatest importance to us is their pollination of all plants, flowers and trees. They play a vital role in the success of agriculture today.


Beekeeping has progressed a great deal since the earliest of times when they were harvested from hollow trees. Since then we have provided a more suitable house for them that allows harvesting the products more efficiently. Beekeeping was done with little or no challenges until the 1980’s when disease and mites began to destroy the honeybee. Many beekeepers never returned to beekeeping after that time because of the challenges that beekeeping faced. In recent years, we have found easy solutions to these challenges. The increasing demand for honeybee products all over the world has led to the need for an increase in the number of beekeepers and the need to inform the beekeepers of the latest methods and materials to help them face these challenges.


Whether you are a new beekeeper or have an interest in starting beekeeping as a hobby, please join us in learning about the most fascinating insect, the honeybee.