The class will cover beekeeping basics, as published by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Topics include the colony, beekeeping equipment, starting with bees, colony management, managing maladies, and other topics.

Learn what it takes to become a successful beekeeper in Siskiyou County from Jim Smith, Siskiyou County Agriculture Commissioner, at a free class hosted by Raven Tree Wild Bird and Nature Shop this Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mount Shasta City Park’s Lower Lodge.

Smith is a beekeeper extraordinaire who grew up with bees, and a grandfather that kept them in his almond orchard in Chico.

Smith became intensely involved in the early 1970s, keeping 100 beehives.

The class will cover beekeeping basics, as published by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Topics include the colony, beekeeping equipment, starting with bees, colony management, managing maladies, and other topics.

This class is ideal for anyone interested or just getting into keeping bees.

Call Raven Tree with questions and to sign up (530) 926-6695.

For those interested in joining the Siskiyou County Beekeepers Association, “Bee Club” meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Agriculture Commissioner’s conference room, 525 S. Foothill Drive in Yreka.