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Beekeeping Classes

Open to all levels of students.

Focused on natural beekeeping methods.

Introduction to Beekeeping
Saturday, September 23, am to 4pm

Cost: $60 (General Public)
$50 for farm school alumni or Farmers Guild member

Eventbrite - Introduction to Beekeeping

@ Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

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What's all the buzz with bees?

Please join us at Wild Willow for a fun an informative course about keeping bees and harvesting honey. If you have ever dreamt of getting to know honeybees a little better this is your chance. Get some hands-on experience with our resident bees and beekeeper.

We will be doing a number of tasks that are
common when caring for bees, such as

Observing bee behaviors
Looking inside hives to see the activities
Assessing the needs of the bees
Look for signs of pests
Indications to honey production
Attitudes of bees

We'll discuss honeybee society, types of hives, hive parts, hive tools used, and beehive etiquette (do's and don'ts). We will harvest and process honey.

Instructor Paul Maschka's rich experience in sustainable farming and homesteading affords our students a well-rounded opportunity to learn all aspects of food production. He is retired after seventeen years working at the San Diego Zoo Horticulture Department as Lead Organic Horticulturist. Paul is a passionate conservationist - he studies, practices and lectures on a number of environmental topics including organic urban food production (edible landscaping), biointensive gardening, mycology (cultivation of culinary mushrooms), water conservation (rain water harvesting), beekeeping and urban bee rescue, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), native habitat restoration, home grown, home made, and whole live foods (cheese, canning, kimchi, tempeh, honey). Paul was instrumental in creating and developing the Seeds@City Urban Farm, a unique agricultural gem on the campus of San Diego City College in the heart of downtown San Diego, where he served as adjunct professor in sustainable urban agriculture from 2007 to 2012.