About this Workshop

In this workshop, we will discuss types of bees found commonly in gardens and describe their different life cycles,  look at how a beehive is constructed, and what a set-up costs — and how we help organize honey bees in the hive. In addition, we’ll look at the various roles bees perform in the hive, what diseases may be in the hive, and how these can be identified and treated.

Participants are asked to wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Please do not wear perfume/cologne. Bring bee suits and gloves (if you have access to them.)

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

DATE Saturday, August 10 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (2 hours)


UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC


$35 Standard ($28 Student) + GST

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