Lunch and Learn session focuses on beekeeping

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 08:04 PM


On Nov. 20, Will Hicks, a North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services apiary inspector, visited the main campus of Vance-Granville Community College.

Organized by the college’s sustainability committee as part of the “Lunch and Learn” series, Hicks spoke to faculty and staff about the role bees play in agriculture and the environment.

Among six inspectors state-wide, one of his responsibilities is to help people within four counties — Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren — interested in setting up bee hives. Hicks described beekeeping as a self-supporting hobby due to the demand for locally-made honey. He offered attendees information on the process, encouraging them to contact Cooperative Extension and local beekeeper clubs for more input. He reminded them that one such club has been operating out of Granville County for years and that another was recently established in Vance County.

All “Lunch and Learn” sessions are part of a college-wide focus on alternative energy and the conservation of natural resources.

Subsequently, for anyone who may be interested, a class entitled “Sustainable Living: Beekeeping Basics” will start Feb. 28. Advance registration is required. For more information, call Theresa Somerville at (252) 738-3427.