Washington County Beekeeping School awarded KY Proud Grant


Monday, March 19, 2018 — Dr. Tammy Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist, worked with the Kentucky Proud Program to develop a grant program in support of educational bee schools hosted throughout Kentucky. In order to qualify for the assistance grants, school organizers had to incorporate at least one KY Proud/KY-grown ingredient along with one local honey in breaks and meals during the bee school.


The Washington County Beekeepers became the grant program’s test case when they were the first organization to submit a qualifying application by partnering with St. Catharine Farm (beef), Blanford Farm (eggs), and Booker Road Bees (honey) to incorporate their locally produced products into the breakfast and lunch menus.

The Bee School will take place on Saturday, March 24 at the new Extension Office Campus located at 245 Corporate Drive in the Washington County Industrial Park. Speakers including Dr. Thomas Webster a noted bee expert at Kentucky State University’s School of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, and other notable beekeepers will guide students through an introduction to bees and beekeeping in Kentucky, essential equipment, steps to getting started as a beekeeper, basic beehive management techniques, honey bee pests and diseases, and how to select pollinator friendly plants.

For more information contact, the Washington County Extension Office, Springfield, KY 40069 at (859) 336-7741 email DL_CES_WASHINGTON@EMAIL.UKY.EDU. Onsite registration will be available.



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