This fall we’re changing up the format for beekeeping workshops, and have launched Beekeeping in Coastal California as an AirBnB “experience”. Guests to the apiary will be fitted in beekeeping gear before we open hives, where you’ll learn about beekeeping basics, what the bees are up this season, and even sample honey right off the comb. Check out the calendar to book an experience.
Beekeeping Workshops, 2019
I will be hosting a ‘Bee Salon’ on Saturday July 13th, from 11-1 pm.
‘Bee Salon’ is what I call this event, an unscripted get-together where beekeepers meet one another, open hives and chat about what they see. Casual, social, and any questions and levels of beekeeping welcomed.
I have hives of various stages, from mating nucs to production size and everything in between, which provides many opportunities to see different situations. We start with introductions and questions, and where we go with inspections depends on what people want to see. Our inspections will give people a chance to see what the season holds for beekeeping practice, plus demonstrations on techniques for integrated pest management practices.
Come prepared to spend some time with the bees and holding frames. I select for gentleness in my bees, so if you’re comfortable without a full suit, then just bring a veil and wear suitable, light-colored clothing. I also have plenty of suits and veils available.
This workshop is funded by donations, and no one will be turned down for lack of funds. Please register at my EVENTBRITE page for location and more details.
Hive Splitting Workshop, Saturday, March 2nd 2019 from 11-1pm. At The Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley California.
Splitting hives is a fun and easy way to expand your apiary, reduce parasite and diseases, and prevent spring swarming.
Join Jennifer Berry at the Woolly Egg Ranch for this hive splitting workshop. She’ll cover the basic biology for bees in the spring and summer growing season, and how make the most of that knowledge to make splits. Jennifer will demonstrate several basic hive splitting techniques; including walk-away splits, introducing queen cells to splits and placing mated queens into nucleus colonies.
There will be live demonstrations with open hives, so come prepared in your light-colored clothes and bring the protective gear that makes you feel comfortable.
Please note: this is a working farm, so your common sense is appreciated. Please come prepared to be near open hives- no black, red or dark brown clothing, and bring the protective beekeeping gear of your choice.
Sliding scale donations suggested starting at $20 each.
Queen Rearing Workshop, Saturday, March 2nd 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm. At The Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley California
Join Jennifer Berry at the Woolly Egg Ranch for a workshop on queen rearing.
Jennifer will start with the the biology of how and why hives create new queens. Starting with those biology basics, Jennifer will then live demonstrate several methods for raising your own queens, including key preparations to ensure that colonies raise big healthy queens and different methods to induce the controlled creation of queen cells within a hive. We'll open a few of Jennifer's hives to see different stages of queen rearing, so come prepared in your light-colored clothes and bring the protective gear that makes you feel comfortable. And the coolest part: you’ll get try your hand at grafting queens, which is the technique where you scoop one day old larvae from worker frames and place them in special queen cups so the nurse bees know to make those into queens.
We'll open a few of Jennifer's hives to see different stages of queen rearing, so come prepared in your light-colored clothes and bring the protective gear that makes you feel comfortable.
Please note: this is a working farm, so your common sense is appreciated.
Cost for Queen Rearing Workshop is $30 per person.