By Paul Schmitt
The popularity of beekeeping has people buzzing in Door County. The Door County Beekeepers Club, a relatively new club that started about three years ago, already has about 80 members and continues to grow. Member Mark Lentz of Brussels explains why local beekeepers took up the hobby.
Lentz says the beekeepers in Door County use a small-scale operation of between two and six hives to collect honey. He says the fear of being stung by honeybees is minimal and that some keepers do not even wear protective gear. The Door County Beekeepers Club is offering an introductory class on Saturday, January 20 at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station north of Sturgeon Bay. The class will be from 8 am until noon and is $25 with a limit of 20 people. To reserve a spot for the beekeeping class, call Max Martin, president of the Door County Beekeepers Club at 743-8457. For those unable to attend, they are welcome to make the next meeting at Crossroads at Big Creek set for Tuesday evening, January 23.