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Beginner Beekeeping at Hurricane Valley Farm


Learn about the basics of beekeeping and strategies for preparing hives for winter from Master Beekeeper and owner of Cooper’s Apiaries Mark Cooper, and then try your hand at extracting honey!

The workshop will begin with an introduction to Cultivating Community’s programs, including their bee program at Hurricane Valley Farm (HVF). This farm property was protected from development by the Falmouth Land Trust and this is Cultivating Community’s second season leasing the farm. HVF is one growing site for Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) which supports immigrants in starting farm businesses.

Next, Master Beekeeper Mark Cooper will lead us in an exploration of the basics of how bees operate and how hives function, including discussion about honey bee anatomy and life cycles, strategies for managing pests (varroa mites), ecology of bees (pollination), honey production, and strategies for preventing and dealing with swarming. Then we will move to Cultivating Community’s bee yard, which includes 11 healthy hives, and learn about best practices for preparing hives for winter (weather permitting). After lunch we will get the honey extractor going so you can participate in the process of removing the finished honey from the comb!

This workshop is designed to be introductory in nature, so content will be at a beginner level. (Keep an eye out for potential intermediate and advanced workshops in 2020.) Please bring a bagged lunch and water bottle and wear long sleeves and a hat/veil if you have one. Honey from the hives on site will be available for sale at the end of the workshop.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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