Conscious Beekeeping: Practical Organic Approaches for Healthy Bees and Growing Apiaries

Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
Sat, 04/28/2018 -
09:00 to 17:00
Region: 
East Coast
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The growing popularity of small-scale beekeeping is good news for the bees, but it also raises its own set of challenges. Rarely does a small-scale beekeeper encounter Colony Collapse — but every beekeeper must contend with Varroa mites, scant forage, and scarce high-quality package bees and nucs.

What can we do to help our bees thrive and flourish? Starting from an understanding of the honeybee colony as an organism unlike any other found in nature, we will consider:

Conscious Beekeeping: Special Session for Beginners

Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
Fri, 04/27/2018 -
14:00 to 17:30
Region: 
East Coast

This half-day orientation for beginning beekeepers will cover: Basic biology of the honeybee colony; rhythms of the year and the beekeeper’s role in the life of the hive; a comparison of Langstroth, top bar and Warré hives; siting your hives; and the basics of working with bees.

Weather permitting, we will visit the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where we'll open a hive and illuminate topics discussed in the classroom.

Beginning beekeepers who plan to attend the Conscious Beekeeping workshop on Saturday, April 28 are strongly encouraged to register for this session.

How Are My Bees? Understanding and Meeting Your Bees’ Midsummer Needs

Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
Sat, 07/28/2018 -
09:00 to 17:00
Region: 
East Coast
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The height of summer can be a challenging time of year for the bees. Many locales experience a dearth of forage, the varroa mite is flourishing, and many hives are rebuilding after swarming or natural queen succession. Meantime, winter is approaching — faster than you think.

Begin a Vegetable Garden

Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
Sat, 04/14/2018 -
09:00 to 17:00
Region: 
East Coast
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This workshop is for anyone who wants to start a vegetable garden, incorporating basic skills for new gardeners. Topics covered will include: planning the garden (what goes where and when), preparing the soil, fencing the garden, planting and raising seedlings, companion planting, making and using compost, and weeding and mulching. Participants will walk away with the information and hands-on experience they need to get started this spring in their own garden.

Introduction to Biodynamics- Brooklyn Grange

Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
Tue, 02/27/2018 -
18:30 to 20:30
Region: 
East Coast
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What is biodynamics? There is so much to discover about this modern organic way of agriculture and land care, which works not merely to maintain, but to raise the vitality of the soil and its produce. Biodynamics combines novel techniques of building up healthy soil with a renewed awareness of all the forces at work in the farm organism: among and between the soil, plants, animals, and humans, as well as the cosmos itself.