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Beekeepers Class Announced at UNCE Orchard

Posted 3/31/2011

Is it possible to have a backyard beehive in southern Nevada? Yes it is. Come and find out how by attending Cooperative Extension’s beekeeping class on Saturday, April 16, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Orchard’s in North Las Vegas. Rodney Mehring, an 18 year veteran of beekeeping in the desert and owner of Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, will teach the class and get you started as an amateur beekeeper in Southern Nevada. No experience is necessary. Registration for the full day class is $125 which includes lunch.

There are 12 beehives located at the UNCE Orchard in North Las Vegas. Bees aid in the pollination of fruits and vegetables at the Orchard and provide local honey for local chefs and the public through sales at farmer’s markets. This educational program, coordinated by Bob Morris, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist and The View and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist, is intended to encourage backyard beekeeping as a hobby and potential small-scale business.

The UNCE Orchard is located approximately 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive in North Las Vegas and is a research and demonstration facility designed to test the suitability of fruit and vegetable varieties for our desert climate and transfer the knowledge on how to grow them here.

For more information contact Morris at or call the Master Gardener helpline at 702-257-5555 to enroll.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at .

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