Introduction to Beekeeping
Adult Enrichment / Sustainability -
2022 Adult Fall
We will start with an overview and short history of beekeeping, followed by detailed and hands-on instruction on how to become a beekeeper. We will describe the hardware used and how to use it. The cost of keeping bees and an explanation of some of the terms (buzzwords and acronyms) will be provided. John and Chris will take you through a year of beekeeping and the options available during the year. Bring your lunch!
Chris is a biologist by training with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, MN property plus on other sites in the region.
John has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed, he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups, schools, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population.