Learn about beekeeping from a chemical-free, permaculture perspective. Amy 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 and current challenges in beekeeping will be discussed. What to expect in terms of time and money input, and where to get more information will also be included.
Integrating honey bees into our permaculture system (principle 8) 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.
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 really bad, there will be an indoor alternative learning experience! So - rain or shine we'll do it!
Please wear or bring light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants and closed shoes for getting 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.
Cost: sliding scale: $25-50 per person. A $10 deposit will hold your space.
This workshop isn't geared towards children, but older kids who want to work with bees are very much welcome!
YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees using chemical-free methods only for honey and pollination since 2005 and has been involved with organic agriculture for twenty years. She speaks at libraries, schools, and conferences and 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.