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Local family hosts beekeeping class

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By Brittany Cooper

The interest in beekeeping is becoming more and more popular these days, but where do you go for the training or how do you maintain their hives?

Beekeeping is a fun hobby, but it takes work and space. Just ask the Tubbs family.

Beekeeper Kirk Tubs said, "My wife will tell you don't start because we no longer park in the garage, it's full of bee stuff.

The family put on a beekeeping course today to interested beekeepers in the area.

"We assembled equipment, gone over bee life stages, and how to take care of them and now we're working on hives that have been here all winter and we're looking at what we need to get them going for Spring."

Many wonder what is happening to all the bees. Tubbs says it's probably a combination of several diseases and also mites.

He said, "And mites that affect bees have developed resistance to treatments we've used in the past."

Tubbs showed how they treat for diseases. Powered sugar is applied to get the mites off. And they used thyme essential oil in the bee's food preventing the mites from reproducing. The family says while there's many reasons for getting involved in beekeeping, the hobby makes for a positive use of time and is great for crops.

"Without the bees, we can't produce a lot of our garden crops, and raspberries, we got into bees for that and it's been really enjoyable keeping bees."

Tubbs says they'll be getting packaged bees in and will be conducting a free demonstration on creating a bee hive on April 24th.

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