Join us as we learn all about bee keeping from Doug Smith, President of Bees at Home www.beesathome.com. Doug will share with us how to get started with bee keeping by renting or owning a hive, what makes a bee hive a bee hive, safety tips for handling bees, and the myriad benefits of honey and bees to our health and food production. Those curious enough will have the opportunity to see the inside of a hive and the wonderful work of the bees in spring time. Note that a legal waiver will be required for this. During the potluck, we will share in a honey tasting of the various honeys Doug has collected.
About our hosts
Our hosts for the event are Cheryl and Eric, bee hosts and designers of a net zero energy home in Los Altos Hills that has a 100% geothermal heating and cooling system that is powered entirely by a solar photovoltaic panel system that also provides enough electricity to recharge their electric car on a daily basis. The home also has both rainwater and gray water capture systems, an edible rooftop garden, a living roof, California native landscape, fruit orchard, and chicken coop.
Because of the location of this event, we encourage carpooling. For those who RSVP, please reach out to others via the comments to let others know if you are interested in carpooling or driving.
A bit of work and tour: As people arrive we will spend time removing the invasive plants and weeds that are competing with native plants for space in Cheryl and Eric's garden. We will tour the rooftop garden and the living roof, the California native landscape and fruit orchard, the chicken coop, and have an opportunity to see the solar panels and mechanical rooms.
Demonstration and instruction: We will learn the art of bee keeping, options for having a bee hive (own, rent, share), the tools and equipment needed, and safety precautions. Beginning to experienced bee keepers are welcome.
Potluck and socializing: Finally we will spend some time eating all the wonderful food from our gardens and tasting various honeys.
What to bring
For this event, please bring any of the following:
• Gardening tools: gloves, a shovel, spading fork, trowel, weeding tools
• Food items from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)
• Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard or something that you would like in the future to come from your yard
• If you are interested in getting close to the bee hive, you must wear or bring a light-colored long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Doug will bring extra veils for a handful of people to wear over the hat (the veils are meant to be worn over a hat). A legal waiver will be required to get close to the hive.
• Some good positive energy
About Urban Farmers Cooperative
The Urban Farmers Cooperative events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch in on a project at the host's location. Here is what we do:
• We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
• We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time
• We bring food from our gardens and share all the wonderful foods we are raising
• After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring
By RSVPing YES to any of our Meetups, you are agreeing to our posted waiver: http://www.meetup.com/urbanfarm/pages/Waiver%2C_Indemnification%2C_and_Hold_Harmless
Our goal is to bring our community together through safe and fun learning events.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Meetups.