Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Winterizing Your Beehives

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10am til noon
at the gardens of Herbs from the Labyrinth, LLC
One of the most frequent questions new (and not so new) beekeepers often ask is how to keep their hives alive and thriving throughout Winter.  The cold-weather challenges for beekeepers are very different from the regular maintenance and inspection of hives, and vary from region to region.

In this class, taught by third generation organic beekeeper Zan Asha, we will see how to NATURALLY maneuver through the various challenges before wintertime woes arrive.  We will discuss methods for keeping the bees warm and dry, how much food they will need, and other Wintertime precautions. We will also be discussing  additional "advanced" techniques in this class, including swarm catching, splitting hives, and other more advanced beekeeping Fall/Winter beekeeping methods. 

This class will be held in the garden of Herbs from the Labyrinth, in Lancaster, PA.  Address will be provided upon registration.  Please wear protective clothing.  Recommended for more intermediate and advanced beekeepers, or more advanced beginners with some knowledge of bees. No age restrictions.  Cost is $45 per person.  Call 717-290-1517 to register, or stop in to Radiance, 9 W Grant St. Lancaster, across the cobblestones from Central Market.

Zan Asha is a third generation beekeeper, having learned from her Hungarian grandfather.  Zan is the Chief Beekeeper of Bronx Bees, in NYC, a project of the notable environmentalist, Majora Carter ( Her work is based on her European Grandfather's non-chemical and non-pesticide tradition of observing and reading the BEES's behavior to help determine how to care for them.

She has been featured in the bee movie "The Queen of the Sun," and newspapers such as "The New York Daily News," "The Bronx Free Press," and the new book "New York City Farmer and Feast." She has traveled extensively across the Midwest teaching new keepers how to raise bees ORGANICALLY in the midst of Genetically Modified corn and soy fields.  Zan works her own hives atop the roofs in the Bronx, delivering raw honey to NYC and
across the country.

Making Mozzarella!

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2-4pm

Mild and milky, smooth and silky: any way you stretch it, we love fresh mozzarella! In this hands-on class you’ll learn how to make it at home. After a basic demonstration describing how fresh milk turns from fluid to firm curds, we'll then turn curds into the beautiful balls that we know as fresh mozzarella. We’ll taste delicious samples of fresh pulled curd-style mozzarella served with garden fresh tomato salad, crusty bread and beverages. It may sound daunting, but making your own fresh cheese is easy. Come see for yourself!

This class will be held in the home kitchen of Herbs from the Labyrinth, in Lancaster.  You will have a chance to explore the labyrinth garden during the cheese-tasting at the end of the class.

$ 50.00, in advance for the class.  The Lancaster address will be provided upon registration.  Cheese-making supplies and books will also be available for purchase after the class.

To register call Radiance, 290-1517, or stop by the shop at 9 W Grant St, in downtown Lancaster, right across the cobblestones from Central Market. 

Susan Hess is a therapeutic herbalist and native weed wrangler who resides in northern Chester County, PA. Since 1997 Susan has grown a fine line of handcrafted herbal products through her business “Farm at Coventry”. She enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge through community herbal education workshops and her twelve month “Homestead Herbalism” course and teaching gardens. Her website showcases Susan’s photography as well as her herbal product line and educational offerings. In her spare time, Susan enjoys researching traditional healing methods, photography, writing,  gardening, quilting and cheese-making.