The Fairfield County Beekeepers Association will hold beginning beekeeper training classes in February. The one-day classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb.15 and 22 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 324 Gay St. in Lancaster.

The cost is $85 for one student and includes a $20 beekeeping book, a $15 one-year membership in the county association, a $20 one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association and breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.

Class tuition also includes a year of support from experienced beekeepers. Tuition for an additional family member (spouse or child 9 to 18 years old) attending the class and sharing a beekeeping book is $65 each.

Topics to be addressed include:

* The colony and its organization.

* Equipment and tools needed.

* The components of a hive.

* Starting with bees.

* How to take care of bees.

* Pest management.

* Wintering bees.

In addition, those attending will receive guidance for purchasing their first hive equipment and bees.

Association membership also includes access to monthly beekeeper training at meetings, discounts on products and supplies, beekeeper contact list, club T-shirts and participation in the club bee yard where they can observe, learn and perform beekeeping tasks.

Classes are limited to 35 students.

Registration can be performed online at tinyurl.com/fcbashop or by downloading registration forms from the Fairfield County Beekeepers Association Facebook page or website -- fairfieldcountybeekeepers.org -- and mailing the form with payment.

The forms also may be obtained by sending email to fairfieldcountybeekeepers@gmail.com and requesting a registration form that can be mailed with payment.