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Osceola County Beekeeping Education Series:

"Beekeeping: Is it for me?" presentation

Free introductory class:

  • TBA

Covers the basic considerations for potential beekeepers: legal aspects, space needs, risks, startup costs, time requirements for hive maintenance, and Q & A.

"Intro to Beekeeping" seminar

* 2nd in series - Requires a $25 fee

  • TBA

It is recommended that participants attend a “Beekeeping: is it for me?” presentation prior to this seminar. Taught by a University of Florida certified Advanced Level beekeeper, this seminar offers an overview of how to acquire your own bee colony: what tools and supplies are needed, handling bees, determining bee colony health and treatment, harvesting honey and more. Includes 244pg. “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees” book.

"Build Your Own Beehive" workshop

* 3rd in series -Requires a $100 fee

  • TBA

Primary registrant must have attended an Osceola County “Intro to Beekeeping” seminar to participate in this workshop. You will build your own fully functional, ten-frame beehive to take home. Each beehive kit includes: unassembled hive body, 10 unassembled frames, foundation for frames, assembled inner cover, assembled outer cover, assembled screened bottom board, entrance reducer. All supplies and equipment to construct the hive are supplied.

$100.00 registration fee covers one hive and up to two attendees (bees, beekeeping tools, and protective gear not included).No late registrations accepted. Call 321-697-3000 for more information.

Kissimmee Valley Beekeeping Association:

All people interested in beekeeping are welcome to attend. Meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at Extension Services, in Osceola Heritage Park
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Meeting dates:

  • August 19, 2014
  • September 16, 2014
  • October 21, 2014
  • November 18, 2014
  • Dec. 2014 - no meeting this month

For more information, contact Jessica Sullivan,
University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Osceola County,           321-697-3040.

Beekeeping Information Resources

Jessica Sullivan

Extension Faculty
E-mail: Phone:321-697-3000

Cindy Rutherford

Administrative Secretary
Natural Resources/Horticulture  E-mail:


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