Have you always dreamed of becoming a backyard beekeeper, but don’t know where to begin? The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket continues its Summer Urban Farming Workshop Series on Saturday, July 20 at 10:30AM with “An Introduction to Organic Beekeeping in Yards & on Rooftops.” The workshop is presented by local beekeeper and official GreenMarket honey vendor, Claudia Silveira, also known as Lee Queen Bee. She’ll present the basic facts of small scale, organic beekeeping for beginners. Learn how to get your hive started, what basic equipment is required, and what common problems you’ll face. Beekeeper Silveira will also dispel common misconceptions about the dangers of bees, and explain that these creatures are generally mellow and non-aggressive. She describes bees as incredibly beneficial insects, not just for the honey and wax they produce, but also as pollinators in the garden.
Pre-registration is not required and the workshops are free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help support future educational programs. Workshops are conducted outside, under the shade of the trees, but in case of rain they will be moved inside.
The rest of the Urban Farming Workshop schedule of presentations:
• Aug 3 – Earthworms, the magic garden workers: Vermiculture in the Urban Farm
• Aug 20 – Preparing the Fall season Urban Farm in SWFL