SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory workshop about beekeeping. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.  Come learn the basics about establishing a hive on your own property.

 With the pressures leading up to the recent “Colony Collapse disorder” outbreak, it has been said that hobbyist beekeepers have made a positive impact on the Honeybee population. The EARTH Center would like to help spark any resident’s interest in this age old environmental stewardship practice.

“This is another standout course from the EARTH Center,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope the focus on the environmental benefits of beekeeping will lead to improvements throughout the County.”

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“This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this practice to understand its purpose and importance,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

A supply of catalogues will be on hand to demonstrate the materials necessary. Also to be discussed will be garden plants that can serve as pollen sources when naturally occurring sources are not easy to find in our area. Weather permitting; the lecture will be followed by a brief walk outside.

 There are plenty of gardening topics and areas that benefit from off-season research, so feel free to call the Master Gardener Helpline even in the fall and winter at 732-398-5220 for assistance in Middlesex County. Residents of other counties can find their Rutgers Cooperative Extension office and helpline at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/helplines.asp .

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by March 4. No “walk-ins” are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space.

For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

 Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation