Take courses on beekeeping, growing mushrooms at University Farm this winter

The Case Western Reserve University Farm administration will offer two new classes this winter: Growing Oyster Mushrooms 101 and The ABCs of Beekeeping.

Growing Oyster Mushrooms 101 will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Matt Burtonshaw, a farm associate and head of mushroom production, will lead students through the ins and outs of growing mushrooms. Students also will make their own mushroom growing bags during the class. This class will cost $60.

The ABCs of Beekeeping will be offered in two three-day sessions: Feb. 13, 20 and 27 and March 12, 19 and 26. Each session will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. CWRU Farm’s beekeeping consultant, Richard Manley, will give students all the tools they need to start their own home hives, understand the biology of honey bees and the diseases that frequently impact them, as well how to manage a hive for optimum health and honey production. This hands-on experience also will provide an opportunity to inspect the farm hives up close. This class costs $70.

For more information and to register, visit students.case.edu/farm/news/9224.newx.