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  • Beekeepers' Gathering Live Online-This time: Swarms, How We Hate to See Them Go!

    IMPORTANT: The brief form here: https://forms.gle/hgmcBAwBTeaxKVwi7 will help us tune the conversation to your interests. Please complete it by noon Friday April 10th to enable us to give you access to the live interactive event online. While we all are coping with COVID-19 response, flowers are blooming and bees are hard at work. We look forward to welcoming you when safety permits, but in the meanwhile, please join us online for our next Beekeepers' Gathering. Update & Topics We had about 30 people last week and barely got through our first topic for this series. Your questions are key, but we generally prepare to present & discuss one or more topics each time. This time, we'll resume discussion of spring management focussing on managing for swarm prevention with: "Swarms - How We Hate to See Them Go!" We want everyone to be empowered by technology, so do not hesitate even if you have never met this way before. Don't forget to send in case studies and questions ahead of the session. They do not need to be new, since we hope most people are staying home right now. You can include them in the form (https://forms.gle/hgmcBAwBTeaxKVwi7) and there's an email link for photos or video if applicable in that form. Hope you can join us.

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  • Beekeepers' Gathering: Live Online

    Live Online from NYC

    While we all are coping with COVID-19 response, flowers are blooming and bees are hard at work. We look forward to welcoming you when safety permits, but in the meanwhile, please join us online for a Beekeepers' Gathering. The brief form here: https://forms.gle/hgmcBAwBTeaxKVwi7 will help us tune the conversation to your interests and enable us to give you access to the live interactive event online. We want everyone to be empowered by technology, so do not hesitate even if you have never met this way before. Topics: Your questions are key, but we will be prepared to present & discuss the following topics. Part 1: My Hive Died. What Killed it? Deadouts & hive forensics - case studies invited (see link above). Part 2: Spring Management in NYC: "What the Bees are Doing, What the Beekeeper is Doing" Part 3: Swarms - How We Hate to See Them Go! Managing for swarm prevention.

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  • Successful Overwintering for Advancing & First Season Beekeepers

    Randalls Island, 5-Boro Green Roof

    If this is your first year keeping bees --or you've been keeping longer but suffering high winter losses, this session is especially for you. IMPORTANT: RSVP to: http://bit.ly/RSVP_nycbeekeeping is also required to be on the security list for this activity. You’ve probably heard that successful overwintering separates the “Bee Havers” from the Bee Keepers. National statistics show average losses in the 30% range, putting migratory beekeepers under threat. Hobbyists who keep in the city should be able to do much better, but unfortunately many do a lot worse than that today. We’ll share what we’ve learned in the ten-plus years we’ve been teaching, mentoring and supporting the NYC beekeeping community citywide. We’ll detail specific actions you can take now and for the next few months to increase your chances of successful overwintering, and we’ll review an approach for the coming year to put you ahead of the curve. Donations are gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible within the legal limits. Suggested $25 and up.

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  • NEWCOMERS' WELCOME SESSION & INTRO TO BEEKEEPING - WAITLIST IS OPEN

    Randalls Island, 5-Boro Green Roof

    Update 9/5: Those on the RSVP list, please be sure you have responded by 2pm today to the security link you received. We will start seating from the waitlist at that time. Thank you. TO GET ON THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE VISIT OUR WELCOME FORM (https://bit.ly/2GeQzcw) AND WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU. Welcome! Please join us for an introduction to beekeeping in NYC as we wrap up the 2019 season. We'll have a talk, a tour, and a tasting. You'll come away with a new understanding of the bees' year in our area and the many ways you can participate with us as a BeeLover or as a BeeKeeper. We'll offer refreshments, and of course some local honeys to taste -- all from bees we know. Donations will be gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible within the legal limits. Those seeking a training program will get a sense of how we teach and can get on the early-bird list to join our programs for 2020. Teachers: we have special programming and support for you. To jump start your application for the 2020 season, or if you wish to begin this fall as a supporting volunteer, please send a resume & letter of intent to [masked].

  • NEWCOMERS WELCOME SESSION: 2019 BEEKEEPING SEASON

    Randalls and Wards Islands

    Welcome! Please join us for an introduction to the 2019 beekeeping season. We'll have a talk, a tour, and a tasting. You'll come away with a new understanding of the bees' year in our area and the many ways you can participate with us as a BeeLover or as a BeeKeeper. We'll have refreshments, and of course some local honeys to taste. Those looking for a training program will get a sense of how we teach and can get on the list to join programs this year. If you are ready to commit for the season and urgently seeking a program to join, please email a CV/resume and statement of interest to: [masked] and we will try to seat you asap. Please _also_ RSVP at this link to be on the security list: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9W3Jd26ilyZVlBvBsBHTPXjbMmos6gxP4Yp0W2xBhv0MM2Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link Donations are gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible within the legal limits.

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  • Application Period is Open for 2019 Programs - Please read to learn more -

    Welcome -- We are accepting applications now for 2019 programs. Please read on for more information. We offer two full-season, hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November): - The Saturday Series: Classroom & hands-on for motivated people who will commit for the season. The Saturday Series meets approximately once a month, February through November, plus some ad hoc or weather dates. Location is usually Randall's Island. - Field Studies Fellowship: Set up individually for those who can commit to certain weekdays. Those who are ready to apply are invited to email a resume/CV and statement of interest to [masked] For those who want just a little taste or who want to explore whether beekeeping is for you, please watch for Newcomer Events to be scheduled in season. If you are already a beekeeper, or you would like to participate another way, please drop us a line at [masked] about what you would like to do, and let us know how best to reach you. Volunteer and Corporate Responsibility opportunities are available, as well as an Internship Track for high school, interim year, and college/grad students. About Funding -- Our admission process is need-blind, but we are grateful for the support of students and friends. We can partner on grants, and can accept donations (tax deductible within the legal limits.) Looking for certified NYC-grown honey or ways to give this year? Please fill out this form and we will contact you. (https://goo.gl/forms/8FhDoGPsZyp1s7js1) We hope to welcome you this year!

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  • Application Period Open for 2019 Programs

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    Welcome -- We are accepting applications now for 2019 programs. Please read on for more information. We offer two full-season, hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November): - The Saturday Series: Classroom & hands-on for motivated people who will commit for the season. The Saturday Series meets approximately once a month, February through November, plus some ad hoc or weather dates. Location is usually Randall's Island. Scheduled dates will be posted shortly. - Field Studies Fellowship: Set up individually for those who can commit to certain weekdays. If you already know you want to apply for one of these programs, please email a resume/CV and statement of interest to [masked] If you are already a beekeeper, or you would like to participate another way, please drop us a line at [masked] about what you would like to do, and let us know how best to reach you. Volunteer and Corporate Responsibility opportunities are available, as well as an Internship Track for high school, interim year, and college/grad students. For those who want just a little taste or who want to explore whether beekeeping is for you, please watch for Newcomer Events to be scheduled in season. About Funding -- Our admission process is need-blind, but we are grateful for the support of students and friends. We can partner on grants, and can accept donations (tax deductible within the legal limits.) Looking for certified NYC-grown honey or ways to give this year? Please fill out this form and we will contact you. (https://goo.gl/forms/8FhDoGPsZyp1s7js1) We hope to welcome you this year!

  • Application Period is Open for 2019 Programs - Please read to learn more -

    As winter begins, we will continue accepting applications for 2019 programs. We accept on a rolling basis, and usually carry a waitlist by the time class starts in February. Please read on for more information about our programs for 2019. We offer two full-season hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November): - The Saturday Series: Classroom & hands-on for motivated people who will commit for the season. The Saturday Series meets approximately once a month, February through November, plus some ad hoc or weather dates. Location is usually Randall's Island. - Field Studies Fellowship: Set up individually for those who can commit to certain weekdays. Please scroll down for additional information on those programs and how to apply. Volunteer and Corporate Responsibility opportunities are available, as well as an Internship Track for high school, interim year, and college/grad students. For those who want just a little taste or who want to explore whether beekeeping is for you, please watch for Newcomer Events to be scheduled in season. Please drop us a line at [masked] about what you would like to do, and let us know how best to reach you. Earlybirds who are ready to apply for the Saturday Series can email a resume/CV and statement of interest to [masked]. About Funding -- Our admission process is need-blind, but we are grateful for the support of students and friends. We can partner on grants, and can accept donations (tax deductible within the legal limits.) Looking for certified NYC-grown honey or ways to give? Please fill out this form and we will contact you. (https://goo.gl/forms/8FhDoGPsZyp1s7js1) We hope to welcome you in 2019 -- if not sooner!

  • Welcome Event -- Intro, Tasting, Honey Gifts for your Holiday Giving

    As the shortest days grow near and the bees are put to bed for winter, we welcome Newcomers to the group and look ahead to next year. Please join us for an introduction and tasting: Share some sweetness and learn the many ways you can participate and contribute. Honey gifts will be available for donors. Donations are tax deductible within the legal limits. We look forward to welcoming you!

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  • Application Period Open for 2019 Programs - Please read to learn more -

    As the season nears its end, we have begun to accept early-bird applications for 2019 programs. We'll have a couple of Workalongs and an opportunity for Tasting and Celebration before season's end, open to friends and supporters. Looking for certified NYC-grown honey or charitable giving for this year? Please fill out this form and we will contact you. (https://goo.gl/forms/8FhDoGPsZyp1s7js1) Please read on for more information about our programs. We offer two full-season hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November): - The Saturday Series: Classroom & hands-on for motivated people who will commit for the season. The Saturday Series meets approximately once a month, February through November, plus some ad hoc or weather dates. Location is usually Randall's Island. - Field Studies Fellowship: Set up individually for those who can commit to certain weekdays. Locations vary. Please scroll down for info on applying for earlybird admission to either of these programs. Volunteer and Corporate Responsibility opportunities are available, as well as an Internship Track for high school, interim year, and college/grad students. For those who want just a little taste or who want to explore whether beekeeping is for you, please watch for Newcomer Events to be scheduled in season. Please drop us a line at [masked] about what you would like to do, and let us know how best to reach you. Earlybirds ready to apply for the Saturday Series, can email a resume/CV and statement of interest to [masked]. About Funding -- Our admission process is need-blind, but we are grateful for the support of students and friends that make our programs possible. We can partner on grants, and can accept donations (tax deductible within the legal limits.) Looking for certified NYC-grown honey or ways to give this year? Want more ways to participate? Please fill out this form and we will contact you. (https://goo.gl/forms/8FhDoGPsZyp1s7js1) We hope to welcome you in 2019 -- if not sooner!