Beginner Bee Keeping Presentation at Jefferson County Library

Beginner Bee Keeping Presentation at Jefferson County Library
Beginner Bee Keeping Presentation at Jefferson County Library

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 28, 2017 (STL.News) Have you ever thought of becoming a bee keeper?  Eating local honey is very beneficial to the human body; it is known to boost immunity, ward off infections and provide natural allergy relief.  Unfortunately buying local honey can be very expensive and you do not get to reap the added benefits of having your own hive.  This Saturday (4/01/17) at 1:30 pm, the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County library is hosting a free introductory program on beekeeping!

Ralph L. Samples IV from Four Ridge Apiaries will be presenting.  The presentation will take about 45 minutes.  After the presentation there will be an additional 45 minutes for questions and answers, and show and tell.  During the show and tell portion, Mr. Samples will have a table with tools, bee gear, honey recipes, articles and books about bees for attendees to learn about.  Mr. Samples has been beekeeping for a little over 12 years and is very knowledgeable.  He offers bee removal and sells his honey out of his home in Imperial Missouri.

Raising your own bee hive can give your personal vegetable garden an extra boost.  Most vegetables need to be pollinated and your bees can help with that.  Honeybees are estimated to pollinate 15 billion dollars’ worth of crops each year and their population is on the decrease.  According to the USDA, America’s honeybee population dropped 8% from 2015 to 2016.  By raising your own hive, you can ensure the pollination of your own garden as well as know that you are helping to increase the population of a very important species.

Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library is located at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd. Barnhart, MO 63012.  Although the event is free, sign up is requested.  To sign up call the library at (636) 461-1914.  For questions or information contact Beth Cobb or Jason Phinney at  To contact Ralph Samples for bee removal, to purchase honey, or to learn about upcoming classes

What: Beginner Bee keeping
When: Saturday April 1st, 2017 1:30 pm
Where: Jefferson County Library, Windsor Branch
7479 Metropolitan Blvd.
Barnhart, MO 63012


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“USDA Releases Results of New Survey on Honey Bee Colony Health.” USDA. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

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