Organic Bee School – Jan / Feb 2014

Have you ever considered becoming a social insect steward or a honey matron?

Join us for a 6-week, hands-on course for anyone interested in bees and beginning beekeeping! You will learn. . .

★ The basic techniques of organic beekeeping, including materials and equipment, beehive structure, the life cycle of bees, hive development and dynamics, seasonal apiary work, honey and hive products, common pests and diseases, and organic hive management.
★ We will taste local and varietal honeys, and learn about harvesting and using bee products.
★ You will learn everything you need to know to set up your own backyard apiary!

WHERE: Agricultural Hall, 245 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

WHEN: Six consecutive Thursday evenings, January 23rd – February 27th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. There will also be a hands-on field date in April, date TBD.

COST: $165 (adults); $100 (18 and under)
Course fee includes a hands-on field day in April, date TBD.


Course books will be provided on the day of the class, for an additional $12
All registrants will receive 10% discount on a purchase up to $200 at Agricultural Hall (a great local source of beekeeping materials and equipment!)

Course instructors: Stephanie Elson and Sadie Richards are co-founders of the Boston Beekeepers Club, and organizers of the Tour de Hives (an annual bike tour of Boston’s urban apiaries). Stephanie has been keeping bees for 5 years in her backyard. She runs The Benevolent Bee, a local business selling honey, candles, and other handcrafted bee products. Sadie is a 4th year beekeeper. She keeps her bees at the Leland Street Community Garden, and at the Boston Nature Center. Guest lecturers will also visit the class on occasion. Both Stephanie and Sadie trained in beekeeping under local organic beekeeper, Jean-Claude Bourrut.

This course is offered through the Boston Beekeepers Club
& hosted by Agricultural Hall