This week our special guest was Andy Joseph, the state apiarist. Andy overseas hive inspections, beekeeping education courses, and public outreach in addition to caring for his own hives.
Each winter, a bee education course is held in Ankeny and various locations across the state for beginning beekeepers to become more familiar with bees, equipment, and issues they may encounter. Even though this course just wrapped up (and is offered again next winter), these are some resources and area groups if you are interested in beekeeping...
Central Iowa Beekeepers
Iowa Honey Producers Association
Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers (Facebook group)
Also, coming up on March 14 is the Iowa Honey Bee Day at the Capitol from 7-9 AM.
This is a chance to visit with legislators about the importance of honeybees, some of the challenges they face, and how they can help. Refreshments will be available as well as a chance to win door prizes!
Tune in to the podcast to learn more about beginning beekeeping and listeners questions!