The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host a free introductory workshop about beekeeping. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.  Participants will learn the basics about establishing a hive on their own property.

With the pressures leading up to the recent “Colony Collapse disorder” outbreak, it has been said that hobbyist beekeepers have made a positive impact on the Honeybee population.

“This is another standout course from the EARTH Center,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope the focus on the environmental benefits of beekeeping will lead to improvements throughout the County.”

“This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this practice to understand its purpose and importance,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

A supply of catalogues will be on hand to demonstrate the materials necessary as well as a discussion about garden plants that can serve as pollen sources when naturally occurring sources are not easy to find in their area. Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by a brief walk outside.

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by March 4. The size of these classes is limited, early registration is recommended to ensure a space.

For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.