This class is for people who want to keep bees and ALSO for people who want to be good bee stewards and provide a healthy environment for them. All are welcome!
* The bee family * My Swarm-Catching kit -- I'm ready to go on a minute's notice * How to care for them once they're home * Mistakes I have made (and hopefully learned from) * Approaching bees using biodynamic and organic methods * Purchased queen bees vs. natural true queens * The effects of the weakened gene pool * True nutrition for bees * Tasting different kinds of honeys and pollens (wow!) * Creating a healthy bee garden in your own backyard * Natural ways to prevent CCD (no kidding) * Communicating with bees and developing relationships with hives * Top bar hives, historic cow dung hives and straw hives * Rehoming swarms and moving bees from buildings * Educating the public about alternative bee paradigms
I've had honeybees on the farm for nearly five years. Fascinating. I continue to learn more about the little native bees, too. Did you know we have few HUNDRED native bees in this area? And 98% of them don't sting!
I have a strong opinion about the causes of CCD and I'll share that with you. By the time you finish this class you'll understand where it comes from, how to prevent it, and what to do to help bees even if you're not a beekeeper. All my hives come from swarms and are feral. I like the mixed gene pool that comes from that.
Taught by Jacqueline, bee stewardess. Tell me you want to attend by sending an email to ... [email]email@example.com[/email]
Friendly Haven Rise Farm Battle Ground, WA 1 3/4 hrs S of Olympia, 35 min N of Portland www.FriendlyHaven.com/classes.html (If money's not your medium, talk to me about a trade.)