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.

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