My amazing bee teachers Chris Harp and Grai St. Clair Rice from Honeybee Lives are running their Winter Weekend Organic Beekeeping Workshop on January 25 and 26. This class is perfect for a novice, or anyone who wants to improve beekeeping skills and learn about natural techniques. I took the class last year and savored every minute of the two days’ teachings. We learned enough from Chirs and Grai’s class to start our own set of hives in the back yard this spring. Learning about the summer habits of honeybees is a perfect way to spend a frosty January weekend. Here are the details:
A NATURALIST’S APPROACH TO BEEKEEPING
Winter Weekend Organic Beekeeping Workshop
Held at The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn
January 25 & 26, 2014
This two-day class will introduce students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities. We can help you obtain bees and we suggest you wait until after the class to purchase your equipment so you have a better understanding of your choices.
$200 per person for both days (individual days are $110)
Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring (Saturday 10am – 6pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. This class introduces students to a nurturing way of beekeeping, and a philosophy of respect and love for these amazing creatures. There is a hands-on demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts to help new beekeepers.
Understanding and Caring For Your Bees (Sunday 10am – 6pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to help keep your honeybees strong.
PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED.
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