Tuesday, March 26th, 7-9PM, Ticketed
$25 for 18 Reasons members; $35 for the general public
Join 18 Reasons and local apiarist Robert MacKimmie for a class on the basics of sustainable and socially responsible beekeeping!
Beekeeping is not as simple as it sounds! Successful beekeeping requires a depth of knowledge - determining what decisions to make wisely, and when. While the bees themselves can skillfully navigate for nectar and pollen on their own, human management of their parasitic infestations, along with viral and bacterial diseases, has become the "life or death" determiner of colony survival. Beekeeping can be glorious, mostly focused on honey production, pollination, a wonderful sense of prosperity, and the life-affirming diligence of nature's best workers. If not aware of health maintenance requirements, losing a hive to near certain mite collapse, or swarming, can be traumatic.
In this class you will learn:
1. The amount of time, location and equipment required for bees
2. Bee biology/ selection of bee stock
3. Where to buy and how to build equipment
4. The phases of getting started, hive build up, management practices to avoid swarming, hive health, parasite management, honey production and harvest.
5. Needs for Fall, Winter and anticipating Spring will be briefly outlined.
Learn to keep bees alive, healthy and prosperous - let knowledge be your guide to successful stewardship instead of relying on luck, which no longer keeps bees alive. Learn what it takes to experience the joys of being a "beekeeper," instead of suffering the sad fate of a "bee haver."
There will be a honey tasting to get our palates excited for some local sweetness!
About the instructor:
Apiarist Robert MacKimmie has successfully tended bees for 17 years. He manages 70 hives, mostly in San Francisco, producing neighborhood-based, hypermicro-climate honeys for allergy sufferers, and spectacularly exquisite honeys for those who love one-of-a-kind nectars. He keeps hives on the rooftop of both Bi-Rite Markets, which he labels with batch and jar numbers. Robert sells his SF honeys at the Inner Sunset, Castro, and every other Sunday at the Divisadero Farmers' Markets. He is an inspired instructor who conveys a highly-complex subject with clarity and enthusiasm. 7x7 Magazine notes that Robert is, "one of SF's most highly regarded urban bee colony cultivators," and MSN cites his reputation as, "San Francisco's pre-eminent urban beekeeper."
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114