Bees Apiary Program

Bees Apiary Program

Bees are critical to farming and agriculture: they are responsible for pollinating about $15 billion in U.S. crops a year, according to Cal Poly Pomona lecturer Mark Haag. Lately, bee populations have declined with the mysterious collapse and deaths of many colonies and hives. At the same time, however, urban beekeeping is on the rise as many cities, such as Los Angeles, have repealed beekeeping bans. But many new and aspiring beekeepers don’t know the regulations or best practices

The university’s Department of Plant Science has long taught a bee science course to its students and used hives to help pollinate the crops it grows at Spadra Farm on campus. But now the university is offering its knowledge to the public. Animal and veterinary science lecturer Mark Haag oversees the college’s beekeeping operations and teaches a bee science class. Haag organized a public workshop for aspiring and current beekeepers in 2017 and 2018 at AGRIscapes. In the future, Haag hopes to offer a course to the public through the university’s College of the Extended University. The course would include training on pest and parasite treatments and an integrated pest management system, and honey extraction resources.

Instructor Mark Haag works with students in his Bee Science class at Cal Poly Pomona.
Above: Instructor Mark Haag works with students in his Bee Science class as they inspect hives at Agriscapes at Cal Poly Pomona.

Plans also are underway to create an on-campus apiary with beehives, a classroom, observation room, and forage for the insects. The apiary would be accessible by the public. Haag plans to refurbish an old plant science lab nearby to serve as an outdoor education center associated with the apiary. Several companies and beekeeping groups have donated funds or materials toward the apiary and center.

For more information about the Bees Apiary Program, please email to bees@cpp.edu.

Beekeeping Workshop

The six-hour workshop is open to anyone in the public interested in becoming a beekeeper. Sponsored by the university’s Huntley College of Agriculture, the workshop will feature industry experts and hands-on training for participants. The next beekeeping workshop is scheduled on March 21 at AGRIscapes.

Workshop Registration & Tickets

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Learn More

Are you an aspiring or current beekeeper? Are you interested in donating funds or materials toward the apiary and center? We are here as a resource and educational institution to help people learn and get started in beekeeping. For information or questions about the Bees Apiary Program, please email to bees@cpp.edu.

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