Archive for January 30th, 2012

January 30, 2012

Beekeeping Basics

Wednesday’s Urban Beekeeping workshop went swimmingly! We had a full room of folks ranging from beginner beekeepers to those just wanted to learn more about the subject. Kelly Smith, Davis Park garden leader and beekeeper of 5 hives, went over a comprehensive list of the basics: from its benefits and importance of bees, to necessary equipment and things to look out for. She explained that with the right amount of commitment and compassion, keeping them at home and in the city is very doable

This workshop was just a primer. To learn more information about beekeeping and to meet other beekeepers, visit the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association (RIBA). They offer a 5-week course (1 class per week for 5 weeks) in beginners beekeeping as well as bee package orders.

Cool fact we learned: bees fly an average of 45,000 miles in order to collect enough pollen to make a pound of honey. Next time you buy a jar of honey, you can appreciate all the hard work that went into making it!

Our next workshop is Wednesday, February 1st on Seed Starting 5:30-6:30pm at Hope Artiste Village (1005 Main Street Pawtucket, 02860). Register for this free workshop here.

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