INTRODUCTION TO TOPBAR BEEKEEPING & ORGANIC PRACTICES FOR HONEYBEE HEALTH
THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR PEOPLE BRAND NEW TO BEEKEEPING, with an interest in topbar. We will spend Saturday together at Green Hill Urban Farm in West Asheville, learning about topbar basics from Les. A thriving topbar hive will be close at hand in the garden, for Les to also demonstrate some hands-on topbar basics with the bees. Hearing Les speak and being in his classes is an experience in learning to love and respect honeybees and helps set students on a path of strong ethical commitment and stewardship of these amazing insects.
The cost of your workshop includes lunch. Green Hill Urban Farm will provide a wildly delicious vegetarian, honey-themed, gluten-free meal, accompanied with live culture foods. Chef Gary Sernack will oversee the skillful pairing of fresh produce from Green Hill Urban Farm with other local artisan products, such as Theros Olive Oil, Smiling Hara Tempeh and Haw Creek honey. The meal and refreshments will feature craft beverages made for the event by beverage master Andrew Zinn.
LES CROWDER has devoted his entire adult life to the study and care of honeybees. He has kept bees in a variety of hives for nearly 40 years and has been experimenting with top bar hives since 1980. He has maintained a small honey and beeswax business for about 30 years and taught beekeeping for 25 years. As a toddler, Les was fascinated by insects. The first swarm of honeybees came to him in his early teens and he was transfixed. He became a teenage beekeeper, removing bees from homes to save them from the poison of the exterminator. He then worked with a large-scale commercial beekeeper, where he saw a type of beekeeping that seemed destructive to bees. This inspired Les to develop a beekeeping style that is inexpensive and completely chemical and treatment free. A leader in his community, Les has served as New Mexico's Honeybee Inspector and president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association. In 2009, he received the best instructor award at the NM Organic Farming conference. He is well-beloved by students and colleagues alike for his love of bees and nature, his gentle teaching methods, and his generous spirit. For more information about Les, visit: fortheloveofbees.com.
Green Hill Urban Farm (View)
30 Green Hill Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
|Minimum Age: 16
|Kid Friendly: No
|Dog Friendly: No