Ever dream of starting your own small farm? Future Harvest – The Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture will be hosting a workshop series on small-scale and urban farming. Nine workshops for only $50 (the three urban farming workshops are $30)…and it starts next week! Check out more info here: http://bit.ly/1CjNkrD.
In other news, today WSB’s 5th grade worked on labeling the honey jars. Each student designed a label, so you will have a variety of artwork to choose from. We still have a bit more to get done before our honey will hit the market. We’ll be selling 1.5 oz and 3.75 oz jars to raise fund to our honeybees. Pricing and selling will be the next topic of our honey business discussion.
Today WSB’s 5th grade class jarred the honey we extracted from our bees’ honeycomb in the autumn. They also made labels and performed a rigorous inspection and quality control taste testing. (Please Note: All testing was done after the jars were filled.) WSB will soon be offering the honey for sale to raise funds to advance our bee stewardship practice.
The following information is for an exciting natural & biodynamic beekeeping workshop happening in Maryland. It’s coordinated by the Chesapeake BioDynamic Network in affiliation with the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association. Unfortunately I can not attend all of the workshops, but I will be making a noble attempt to attend some — care to join me?
FUTURE BEE: A Natural & Biodynamic Approach to Beekeeping
Led by Dan & Jeri Hemerlein, & Bill Castro
Join us in learning a reverence for the hive and how we can support healthy, chemical free honey bee colonies.
Dan & Jeri are MD beekeepers & graduates of Gunther Hauk’s “Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping Training” at Spikenard Farm. Bill is a long time urban & treatment free beekeeper, owner and steward of Bee Friendly Apiary based in Baltimore, MD.
WHERE: 4221 Metzerott Rd, College Park, MD 20740 (The Christian Community Social Room)
WHEN: SATURDAY’S February 1st, 8th, & 22nd; March 1st, 22nd; April 12th *Dates subject to change
TIME: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
HOW MUCH: $45 for 6 class series,(Single/Family) including a “package hiving demonstration” – $10 Drop In
TO REGISTER: Show up @ 8:00 AM!
Dan & Jeri Hemerlein: BeeHemerlein@gmail.com– (410) 808-9298
Michael Judge: Mjudge2000@gmail.com
Bill Castro: Billiam1969@BeeFriendlyApiary.com– (303) 877-4617
Actually, not quite, but they will be in the next few days. This week I was able to procure a new horizontal, top-bar hive from Baltimore Honey. WSB hosted honeybees from Baltimore Honey on our property before, but this time WE ARE THE BEE GUARDIANS.
I spent the last couple of days painting the new hive (with low VOC paint) and setting it into place. Each of the 4 steel legs had to be buried about 20″ down (which if you’ve dug into our stoney land before, you would know is a rather humbling task). The bees will be delivered sometime between now and Tuesday. Here are some photos of the new hive placed by the top of the driveway:
Last winter I took Baltimore Honey’s Bee Stewardship Workshop — and I’m very excited to be working with a holistic approach to beekeeping and sharing it with our students and community. If you’re interested, watch this 6 minute excerpt from a film by the Bee Guardians at Back Yard Hive:
Join me this winter at Baltimore Honey’s Honeybee Stewardship Workshop.
Meme Thomas of Baltimore Honey will be teaching this course. You’ll learn about the equipment and the hive, honeybee colony dynamics, integrated pest management, all natural keeping methods, and how to enhance the honeybee environment in your backyard. Baltimore Honey is the ONLY organization in the State of Maryland that offers this type of workshop!
When: on Sundays: Feb 3rd, 17th, March 10th, 24th, and April 21st from 11am-2:30pm.
Cost is $100 for all five classes. For more information and to register for this workshop visit www.bmorehoney.org.
Students receive a 50% discount with valid student ID!
Hope to see you there,