Rutgers Beekeeping Class Looks To Grow N.J. Colonies, Trigger Interest In State Honey Bee Industry

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

As the class gathered around him, state apiarist Tim Schuler knelt on the ground and carefully removed a screen from a hive filled with 50,000 honey bees.

Schuler gingerly turned over the bee-filled frame and passed it among his students. No one flinched as hundreds of bees began to buzz around the group.

"There’s a lot of bees here," Schuler said. "Plenty of drones and pollen."

Remaining calm as bees land on your clothing, hair and face is one of the prerequisites of "Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping," a three-day course where anyone can learn to start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony.

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