Vance-Granville Community College: New classes offer instruction in beekeeping, raising chickens

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 02:18 AM


More personal enrichment classes have been developed for students at Vance-Granville Community College. Local farmer Mike Holland will hold classes on raising bees and chickens. Students can expect to spend some classroom time at the Holland Farm on Lickskillet Road in Warren County.

First, Holland will conduct a one-day class, “Backyard Chicken Craft,” on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students will have a one-hour lunch break.

Holland will instruct students on specific details of raising chickens: how many to raise, what breed to pick, the housing and care involved, and ultimately whether or not the venture is something they should pursue.

The class will cost $25 per person. In April, it will be offered again, this time over two sessions.

On Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. nightly, students can take “Beekeeping Basics.” Attendees will receive instruction on bees, honey and steps for setting up a colony. Topics will include beekeeping, collecting honey, equipment and maintenance/troubleshooting.

This course will run from Feb. 28 until March 21, culminating in a single class on March 23 at Holland’s farm, from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost to register for this course is $42 per student.