Boost Your Summer with Beekeeping & Gardening Classes at Chatfield College

Everyone knows that spending time outside is good for a person. Consider picking up a new hobby this summer, like beekeeping or gardening, or both! Many people take up beekeeping as a hobby, but others see it as a way to earn an extra income. According to The Huffington Post, gardening ranks among the best hobbies to improve the quality of your life.

Chatfield College will be offering a beekeeping class, entitled Beekeeping & Pollinators,  as part of its Summer Enrichment Program.  The class will be taught by Chris Dresel, president and Gary Keuffer, coordinator of education, for the Brown County Beekeepers Association.  The class will meet at Chatfield’s historic Brown County campus every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 8:30 p.m. from June 6th through July 11th.

Class participants will learn many beekeeping basics, including the requirements to start beekeeping, the importance of pollinators, the pros and cons of different beekeeping styles, how to maintain the hive, selecting the most beneficial plants, and how to get free bees by trapping and removing them from trees and structures.

Chatfield will also be offering The Art of Gardening this summer. This class, taught by Faye Mahaffey, well known for her articles in the Brown County Press, will appeal to both first-time and seasoned gardeners.

This course will cover container planting, composting, raised bed gardens, maintaining and cleaning garden tools, and putting the garden “to bed” for the winter. Gardening for pollinators will also be discussed in the class.

The Art of Gardening will meet on Chatfield’s historic Brown County campus on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The fee for each summer enrichment course at Chatfield is $40.  To register for one or both of these classes, or to view other enrichment classes available this summer, visit or call 513-875-3344.

Chatfield College is a private, faith-based, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in Brown County and Cincinnati, and is an open enrollment college. The Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118; the Cincinnati campus is located in historic Over-the-Rhine at 1544 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website, at, call (513) 875-3344 or e-mail

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