3/25/17 Sat 10:00am-4:00pm, $75-125 sliding scale

Keeping bees is a great way to practice animal husbandry in the city, produce some local honey and stay in tune with seasonal cycles. In this course, you will learn to keep bees in a way that promotes their health and natural exuberance. We’ll peek inside the amazing world of this highly evolved super-organism, learn how they do what they do and what we can do to support them. You will learn about life cycles and biology, management strategies, and equipment needed to get started as a backyard beekeeper using the Kenyan Top Bar Hive and how to keep bees healthy without using pharmaceuticals or other chemicals. The top bar system is an ancient, low-cost, natural system that promotes the health of the honey bee. The boxes can be easily built with a few hand tools and scrap lumber and management is easy on the beekeepers body as you work standing upright and never have to lift a heavy box. The class will also include information on the truth behind colony collapse disorder, common troubles that arise, how to get bees, and where to go for continued learning. The class will culminate in a hands-on practice session working a beehive. Appropriate for those wishing to keep bees and those just curious about this magnificent insect.

Date: Saturday March 25, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $75 – 125 sliding scale

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