November 10, 9:00am-5:00pm
If you are thinking about getting honeybees next spring, now is the time to prepare. This one-day workshop will address all the questions aspiring beekeepers need to ask as they prepare to embark on this spiritual yet profoundly nature-bound journey. Beekeepers with one or two years’ experience will also find this workshop a useful opportunity to take stock of their experiences to date, ask questions, and share insights.
The workshop will be organized around the yearly life cycle of the hive, and the beekeeper’s essential role in nurturing the hive organism. What can the beekeeper do to create conditions in which the bees can thrive? What are the most up-to-date natural and holistic methods, and how do they work?
Other topics covered will include: Equipment, including “alternative” hive designs • where to get bees • siting your hives • gardening to support your bees • beekeeping as a path to heightened powers of observation and awareness • the biology of the hive organism and the beekeeper’s role in fostering healthy hives • and much more.
Weather permitting, the day will include a visit to the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where we will open some hives and demonstrate techniques for working with bees.
Megan Durney is Head Gardener and principal beekeeper at the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Bill Day first learned beekeeping from Gunther Hauk at the Pfeiffer Center. He keeps bees at Blue Field Farm in Blauvelt, NY.