Indiana Master Gardner Educates and Trains Future Beekeepers
Honey bees are a very important part of the survival of the human race. This is one of the many reasons why Rob Green decided to start the Indiana Beekeeping School in 2001. He wants to be able to educate and train locals on bees, along with caring for your own hive.
Green is a well known Master Gardner with an extraordinary gift on educating others on horticulture. According to the Flyer Group newspaper, throughout his education, Green noticed there weren’t any bees around. “When I was young, there were always bees in our yards,” Green said.
“I started the beekeeping school, a class that runs 12 hours from one end to the other,” he said in the recent article. “It’s the most comprehensive study in the state.” Over the years, Green has helped over a 1,000 people become beekeepers in the Indiana area. In addition, he travels to local schools, hospitals and other speaking events to keep the information important.
There is a “Beginning Beekeeping” class is offered June 6 and 7 at the Hendricks Regional YMCA from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 on Saturday. Located near Avon, this is an easy and quick trip worth taking to learn about the world of bees. Additional class are offered June 13 and 14 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 Saturday.
Owning a beehive is “something that is learned.” Green said in the article. “How to handle the, how to stay calm, and how to read them” are all very important techniques. “If you can learn when to put them down, before they get upset, you are much better off.”
The cost of the class is $120, which includes a textbook, and notes. There is an option for a beehive starter kit containing a veil, gloves and a smoker for an additional cost. For more information and to register for classes visit www.IndianaBeekeeping.com or call 317-536-9800.