This immersive, interactive introduction to beekeeping with Stone Barns Center's beekeeper Dan Carr will leave you buzzing with excitement! We'll start in the classroom, where Dan will provide a crash course in apiculture, walking participants through a brief history of beekeeping, issues around beekeeping today, and the importance of apiculture in maintaining a healthy food system. We'll discuss the anatomy of a honey bee; the biology and lifecycle of the colony; as well as equipment, hive architecture, and basics in beekeeping safety.
From there, we'll head up to Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm's apiary so participants can see firsthand the inside of a hive and learn the basics of how to properly and safely inspect a beehive. Dan will talk about the different castes of bees and workers performing various functions for the colony and how to identify important contents of the hive, such as honey, nectar, pollen, eggs, larvae, and pupae. This course is a rare opportunity for city dwellers to enjoy the beauty and wonder of a working colony of bees up close, and a great opportunity to see if beekeeping is right for you.
If you're still craving more, sign up for both the Intro Class + Honey Infusion Workshop & Tasting to spend an extra hour tasting a variety of honeys and homemade honey infusions.
**Please do not sign up for this class if you have a bee allergy.**
Tickets are non-refundable. Rain or shine; we have shelter.