21 Acres Beekeeping Series: Harvesting Honey
The Sammamish Valley blooming season inspires an explosion of honey-bee activity and, with it, the activity of their beekeepers. If you’re new to beekeeping and thinking about getting your own hive, this series will help you learn how to manage a hive before you actually own bees. Or, if you already own colonies of honey bees, these courses can serve as a useful review.
Our instructors, Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen, are officers and members of the Northwest District Beekeeping Association (NWDBA), and possess a wealth of knowledge and skills they are glad to share to help you get started.
A combined outdoor and indoor class. Students will learn how to harvest honey combs from the hives and then to extract honey from pre-harvested combs. The class wraps up with a taste of the final product—raw, natural honey.
Next class in the series:
Preparing the Hive for Winter, Saturday, September 15, 10 am to noon
In the last class of the series, participants will learn how to prepare hives for the winter and the steps they should take during fall and winter months to provide their colonies with the greatest chance for survival.
The 21 Acres Apiary fulfills two important goals:
1. Provide local groups and residents with the opportunity to witness honey bees in action at their hives and to learn about the roles they play in the local environment. Our first year of providing this resource was 2008, and several groups had the opportunity to “meet the bees” and previous beekeeper, Grant Carr.
2. Support sustainable beekeeping through the reduction of chemical treatments in an attempt to select for bees with increased levels of resistance to diseases and pests, such as the varroa mite. It is our hope that over time the 21 Acres honey-bee population and the surrounding environment will become hardier and healthier because of this commitment.
Aug 04, 2012
from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm
|Where||Join us at: 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 NE 171st St Woodinville, WA 98072|
|Contact Name||Deb Sternagel|
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