Introduction to Beekeeping
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10/3-10/17.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$16.00 (includes textbook)
This 10-hour short course is designed to introduce the basics of beekeeping to persons interested in hobby beekeeping. Topics to be covered include races of bees, basic beehive and frame construction and placement, and beekeeping tools. We will also discuss installing bees, hive management, diseases and treatment, and briefly discuss honey production.
Call 828-263-5378 for information. CCC&TI Corporate and Continuing Education
Ashe County Beekeeping Classes
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College will offer beekeeping classes for both beginner and advanced beekeepers. The classes include
Registration is required, Call 336-846-3900 to pre-register.
The upcoming Appalachian Heritage Annual Fiddlers Convention will again feature the Handmade Market, and they are calling for crafters to sell & display.
Come display and sell handmade crafts in the Plemmons Student Union February 9. The deadline to register is February 5.
If you are interested in setting up a booth, please email Brittany Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Horse Helpers Barn Raising December 15, 2012
Saturday, December 15 Horse Helpers is having a barn raising for new 36 x 20 hay barn. It will be a community built barn so they need anybody with some building experience or willingness to help hand over tools, etc. BREMCO linemen came out last Saturday on their day off and donated BREMCO equipment and skill to put in the footers, so this Saturday will focus on building the trusses, and going up with the walls and doors and everything else. The siding will be aluminum with a metal roof. Below find directions to the farm.
Horse Helpers, a 501c3 nonprofit has been working all year to raise funds for this barn and thanks to a grant from Pet Smart and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an anonymous donation, and a final large donation made to them by the board of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, they have the funds to complete the barn. It must be finished by the end of this month to meet the grant requirements set by Pet Smart, so the 15th is going to be a really important day to complete at least the majority of the barn.
Directions: 421 north towards Mountain City, TN, LEFT on TATER HILL (Tater Hill crosses 421 at the Citgo gas station on the right corner) Go down Tater Hill till it dead ends into SILVERSTONE. Turn RIGHT. Take Silverstone to ODES WILSON Rd. on your left (it comes up fast on a curve and is a down hill dirt road) The farm is the 3rd house on the right, Pass the 2 story house and park in the gravel lot in front of the barn or past the barn in the grass along the road. Be sure NOT TO HAVE ANY PART OF YOUR CAR ON THE ASPHALT ROAD and DO NOT PARK ACROSS FROM TURN AROUND IN THE NEIGHBOR'S DRIVEWAY OPPOSITE THE FARM!!
Join them if you can! But if you can't, don't forget that winter is the peak time for calls for help with horses. This week alone they have been called by three different people about 7 horses. There is no way Horse Helpers alone can fill all the gaps, but they will meet each group and try to find ways to assist whether that is to take in the horses, help their owners care for them, or help to advertise these horses' availability. All of this will take time and money. Remember Horse Helpers in your holiday giving and for the new year!!
Fiber Tour 11/29
What: A day of Fiber Tours at Echoview Fiber Mill and an angora goat farm hosted by the Watauga County Cooperative Extension.
When: Thursday November 29. Leaving from the Watauga County Ag-conference center at 8 am and returning about 5 pm.
Why: This tour is a kickoff for trying to add value to wool grown in the high country by increasing the value of fibers from animals, with a goal of creating a high country grown garment to sell.
If you are interested please call 264-3061 to sign up.
Fiber Animal Farmer's Forum 12/10
Kenya 2 Appalachia
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