Terry Timmons

Terry Timmons, of Sterlinglen Farm, is shown here supplying wood to his sugar shack.

LOUDONVILLE — The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville has announced a number of upcoming free classes, which should be of particular interest to homesteaders with a sweet tooth.

The classes, which are open to the public, cover all the basics needed to make your own maple syrup or raise honeybees. In addition, check out this link.

The first class, on Wednesday Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., is Part I of Beekeeping for Beginners. The class, taught by Doug Baker of TOF Apiaries, is designed to help answer any questions that people interested in keeping bees may have — including types and characteristics of honeybees, and basic requirements for keeping them.

Doug Baker

Doug Baker, of TOF Apiaries, is shown here inspecting bee hives with his family.

Part of the discussion will include how much time you’ll need to spend taking care of them, and the average cost for getting started. A follow-up class, Part II of Beekeeping for Beginners, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.. Part II will go into even more detail, helping get interested beekeepers ready to purchase their equipment and hives.

Part II will also include discussion on different set-ups, ways to purchase bees, and information on where to purchase equipment and learn more about beekeeping.

Baker has 17 hives on Twin Oaks Farm, an eighth-generation farm outside Perrysville.

For those with access to sugar maple trees, the museum's program "A Beginner’s Guide to Making Maple Syrup" will be of interest. The class, on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., is the perfect opportunity to learn about everyone’s favorite breakfast topping.

Terry Timmons, of Sterlinglen Farm, will review all the steps necessary to identify, tap, and boil sap into delicious maple syrup. Timmons will also discuss all the basic equipment needed to do the job — most of which you likely already have at home.

Timmons is an award-winning, fourth-generation maple producer with over 600 taps on his family farm.

All of the classes are free and open to any interested persons, with registration not required. The classes will be held in the meeting room of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville. Guests should use the rear entrance of the museum to access the meeting room.

For more information, contact the museum at 419 994-4050 or visit www.crfmuseum.com.

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