Spring is coming, and with it, honey bees. Planning to start your own colony? Hudson Valley beekeeper Chris Harp of HoneyBeeLives wants to help…
Fun Fact: Every year, according to the USDA, honey bee colonies produce 163,000,000 pounds of honey in the US.
In fact, the number of honey producing bee colonies increased 4% in 2016 to 2.76 million. If you’ve been considering a career in the apiary arts, now would be the time. New Paltz-based HoneyBeeLives will help get you started through a series of workshops both downstate and in the Hudson Valley this winter. On February 3 and 4, HoneyBeeLives will be at the Commons in Brooklyn.
The workshop will cover the basics on Saturday from 10am to 6pm with “Introduction to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive For Spring”. On Sunday, the focus shifts to caring for and maintaining your colony with “Understanding and Caring for Your Bees” from 10am to 6pm.
HoneyBeeLives’ Brooklyn workshop is $200 for the weekend or $110 for individual days. If you want to attend, you’ll need to pre-registration and pre-pay. You can do so by contacting HoneyBeeLives@yahoo.com or 845-255-6113.
For the latest buzz on the Brooklyn workshop, as well as workshops in the Hudson Valley, visit HoneyBeeLives.org.