Beekeeping Workshop: Keeping Bees

Description

We are hosting a short course (four workshops) on various aspects of bees and beekeeping at the UBC Farm this summer.  Sign up for all four as a short course (and receive a 20% discount!), or register for the specific workshops that you are interested in. For beginners, we recommend taking the whole series as a thorough introduction.  This is a very special opportunity to learn from local bee expert Brian Campbell.

Workshop four out of four in this series. A very brief introduction to keeping bees.  Honey bees form a very complex organism, a super organism that behaves much like a mammal in many respects.  This aspect combined with the challenges bees are facing with environmental changes makes for interesting times.  Learn what key elements are necessary to keep bees successfully. Dress appropriately for the weather and for working with bees.

What to bring to this workshop:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed toe shoes and no perfumed personal care products.

About the Instructor

Brian became immersed in the rich and amazing world of bees while he and his four sons spent many a glorious day observing the curious activities of bees, noticing the bees’ consistent patterns, collective activities, and the surprising comparisons to our own human patterns and behaviours. He’s never looked back and today is a Certified Beemaster and beekeeper, heavily involved in food security issues in Richmond and the Lower Mainland.

Brian guest lectures for Gaia College’s Growing Food in the City certificate program, for adult education at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver, for Kwantlen’s Richmond Farm School and teaches young people in the city about honey bees as well as native types. He is President of the Richmond Beekeepers Association, a BC Association Master Gardener, Sustainable Gardening and Bee Master to West Coast Seeds,  and offers classes in grafting fruit trees, food preserving, and other farm skills.

Date and Time

Saturday, August 5 | 10:30 to 12:30 PM (2 hours)

Cost

$39 ($32 student pricing) + GST

Sign up for all four as a short course (and receive a 20% discount!)

Click here to register for this workshop

 

All the workshops in the series are as follows:

  • The Natural History of Honey Bees -$35 (standard)/$28 (student)
    • Wednesday July 26, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
    • As a Super Organism honey bee colonies are dazzling in their complexity and fascinating to study.  We will cover the salient points of what makes a honey bee a honey bee, placing these charming and endearing creatures into an environmental context while learning about their own internal ecology.
    • Presentation + Demo
  • Bees and Honey – $35 (standard)/$28 (student)
    • Saturday July 29, 10:30 to 12:30 PM
    • If you love honey and want to learn about it’s composition and how honey bees make it, this is the class for you.  We will delve into the delicious world of honey, from it’s nutritional and medicinal qualities to a microscopic examination of various types and how to appreciate it’s flavours.
    • Presentation + Experiential Component
  • Bees and Wax  – $39 (standard)/$32 (student)
    • Wednesday August 2, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
    • Honey comb appears to be nearly perfect in it’s geometric composition, each hexagonal cell identical to its neighbour.  Or is it?  How bees make wax and how they use it is fascinating and surprising.  Let’s explore wax and it’s wonders together, what it is made of, how the bees make it and how we use it.  As a part of our exploration of wax we will make naturally flavoured lip balm that you may take home.
    • Presentation + Experiential Component
  • Keeping Bees –  $39 (standard)/$32 (student)
    • Saturday August 5, 10:30 to 12:30 PM
    • A very brief introduction to keeping bees.  Honey bees form a very complex organism, a super organism that behaves much like a mammal in many respects.  This aspect combined with the challenges bees are facing with environmental changes makes for interesting times.  Learn what key elements are necessary to keep bees successfully. Dress appropriately for the weather and for working with bees.  Long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed toe shoes and no perfumed personal care products
    • Presentation + Experiential Component