COSHOCTON - Local residents interested in beekeeping are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in a project targeted to a 12-county zregion of Eastern Ohio. The program, The Don Myers Eastern Ohio Apiculture Project, has the goal of assisting and establishing 100 new beekeepers with two complete colonies of honey bees plus the necessary material and basic supplies needed to maintain the beehives.

Selected participants will be required to attend four three-hour sessions of classroom training, spend a day in an apiary working with honey bees, and join a local beekeeper association in their area. A small investment of $70 which includes membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association is required; plus there will be a minimal fee to join the local beekeeper association. A mentor or adviser will be assigned to each new beekeeper. The project value to each beekeeper is in excess of $500.

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