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Beginning Beekeeping

  • May 18, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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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 3 hours of indoor presentation, show-and-tell, and question and answer.  And, if the weather allows, we will spend about an hour looking in the hives together.  If the weather is poor, I will have an indoor alternative learning experience planned!

Beekeeping integrates (principle 8) honey bees into our permaculture system offers us renewable resources and services (principle 5) and a delicious yield (principle 3)!

Please wear or bring light colored clothing, and consider if you'd like long sleeves and pants and closed shoes 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 extras to borrow also.

We are charging on a sliding scale for this: $25-40 per person. 

This workshop isn't geared towards children, but older kids who want to work with bees are very much welcome!

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.  She served as VP of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and organized their Bee School for a number of years.

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  • wayne b.

    Great job with the workshop. Thanks for running it.
    By the way, you didn't happen to mention an invaluable resource on natural beekeeping, Michael Bush. You can find him in numerous Youtube videos, but all of his information is at his site,

    May 23, 2014

  • Carina M.

    Great workshop! Amy is so knowledgable and always excited to share what she knows with everyone. The information was given in a really easy to follow and understand way. The hands on time was really exciting, and also really helpful to see different parts of a real hive. Also the goat cheese was amazing :)

    May 19, 2014

  • Lori C.

    So sorry we missed the meeting. Was so looking forward to it. Family emergency...

    May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Amy! quick question for you, I know last year you talked about Russian vs Italian bees. Can you remind me which ones you have or recommend?

    May 15, 2014

    • Amy A

      Well, each has their good and bad points, but I prefer and mostly use Russians due to their being heartier and less susceptible to some diseases of bees.

      May 15, 2014

  • Angela W.

    Will there be any information available about using "top hives"? The husband had been researching and thinks this is how he wants to go about it.

    April 19, 2014

    • Amy A

      Does that info help? (sorry, I hit return and it posted before!)

      April 19, 2014

    • Angela W.

      I think it does. He found Gold Star Beehives up Maine that does top bar hives. But their nearest free seminar is Presque Isle...I'll have to have him the one you mentioned to make a decision on whether he wants to come or not.

      April 20, 2014

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