Support for Des Moines Beekeepers

julia teaching beekeeping 101

I believe that there is power in numbers.

Not numerology, but numbers of organized people working for the same cause. In this case, beekeeping.

If you are interested in beekeeping, I can help you decide with my Exploratory Beekeeping course, scheduled for Winter, Summer, and Fall 2020. I also teach continuing education courses for brand new, current, and returning beekeepers. Check Johnston Community Education every semester for current offerings. My Beekeeping 101 course is the only Iowa course that is certified with the Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program (through University Nebraska-Lincoln). I also offer the only Beekeeping 201 course in the area, also with Johnston Community Ed. Lastly, I now have monthly support email for things that fall outside of classes.

Outside of teaching, I co-coordinate a bee club called the Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers. Prospective and current local beekeepers are welcome to join us both online and in person. In-person meetings are announced on our website. We get together every month to talk bees. In between meetings, we talk online over at our Facebook group.

Additionally, I belong to a regional group and have done work with a statewide group. They have a place in the beekeeper community as well. We are blessed to have a bee research station (at least that’s what I call it) at Iowa State University. We also have a high quality state apiarist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.