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PICKENS — If you have ever wondered about the workings of a colony of social insects, the Pickens County Beekeepers Association has just the class for you.

PCBA will offer an introductory beekeeping class in January and February over four Saturday sessions that will cover all of the information needed for anyone to start keeping bees.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 at the Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main St. in Pickens.

Experienced beekeepers will cover honeybee biology, nectar and pollen gathering, honey bee pests and diseases, hive components and assembly, products of the hive and marketing honey.

The cost of the class is $50 per person and includes course materials and a textbook. Those completing the class can take an examination to become a beekeeper certified by the S.C. Beekeepers Association. Registration also includes membership in the Pickens County Beekeepers Association, whose members offer support and mentoring to its members.

For more information, visit the PCBA web page at or contact Kevin Nicholson at Class information and registration materials are available at BeeWell Honey & Natural Market, 205 Hampton Ave. in Pickens.

The Association meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Pickens Presbyterian Church. Visit the PCBA web site for more details.

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