Beginning Beekeeping

  • June 26, 2011 · 2:00 PM
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Integrating (principle 8) honey bees into our permaculture system offers us renewable resources and services (principle 5) and a delicious yield (principle 3)!  If you are interested in bringing these amazing creatures into your landscape, come learn more.  With an emphasis on natural methods, we will go over basic beekeeping terms, basic honeybee biology, equipment needed to get started, types of honeybees and how to get them. Products and services of the hive will be discussed. What to expect in terms of time and money input, and where to get more information will also be included. The plan is for 2 hours of indoor presentation, show-and-tell, and question and answer. Then, if the weather allows, we will spend about an hour looking in the hives together.  If the weather is poor, I wil have an indoor alternative learning experience planned! 

Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005 and has been involved with organic agriculture for over ten years. She gives talks at libraries, schools, has been interviewed on the radio about apiculture and is VP of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH.   Please wear or bring light colored clothing, and consider if you'd like long sleeves and pants if we get into the hives. If you happen to have or can borrow a bee suit or veil please do - I will have some for folks to borrow also.

We are charging on a sliding scale for this: $10-30 per person.

This workshop isn't geared towards kids, and we will have limited space inside.  Older kids who want to work with bees, though, are very welcome.

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  • Boiester

    Only wish I had been able to stay for the actual bee handling part! Amy is a great teacher, thorough, patient and humorful!

    August 8, 2011

  • Michael B.

    This really opened my eyes and mind to the intricacies of beekeeping. It was also a good intro to the work involved. I came as someone "interested" in but not gung ho to jump in. I definetly want to learn more and I hope to attend Bee School this fall

    June 27, 2011

  • Warren

    Excellent presentaion at a comfortable setting and pace. I was suprised how non- threatening the bees were, they were more concerned with their daily business than interacting with us.Thanks.

    June 27, 2011

  • Jessica

    A great comprehensive presentation on the basic facts of beekeeping! I came away feeling I had an idea of the supplies necessary, the amount of work involved, and a general direction for getting started. Very informative, very interesting, very helpful.

    June 27, 2011

  • Belinda

    Sorry I'm not going to be able to attend after all. When will the next class be?

    June 26, 2011

  • Warren

    I'll be leaving Amesbury at 1:00pm Sunday if anyone would like to carpool. I can carry two additional people. Thanks.

    June 24, 2011

  • Amy A

    Also - we encourage carpooling! Please feel free to use this message area to offer/request rides.

    June 20, 2011

  • Amy A

    For what it's worth this far ahead - the weather report for Sunday is nice, so we will hopefully peek into a hive! If not, there is plenty else to see and talk about, but there's nothing quite like meeting the (mostly) girls! Do check above for clothing recommendations in case we do get into them.

    June 18, 2011

  • Karen L.

    Oops, I mean the END of National Pollinator Week!

    May 11, 2011

  • Karen L.

    At the beginning of National Pollinator Week, no less! Did you plan this, Amy?

    May 11, 2011

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