Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the first feature in their 2015 monthly NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshop are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Basics of Backyard Beekeeping with Amelia Curtis, takes place on Wednesday, January 7th, 6-8pm at Sumner Brook Herbals & Fish Farm in Ossipee, NH.
As described in a One Green Planet blog by Jessica Tucker, “Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect. Our lives – and the world as a whole – would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. Consider this – bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.”
Did you know that broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries would no longer be available to us if bees ceased pollinating our agricultural goods? And don’t forget honey! Made by bees regurgitating nectar and passing it back and forth in their mouths to one another before depositing and sealing it in a honeycomb, honey’s intended use is for the bees’ winter food stores. Humans, however, are also quite fond of this amber liquid, as illustrated by the fact that in 2013 honey crop was valued at $317.1 million.
So, whether you’re interested in raising bees for honey, their pollinating properties, or simply as a fascinating hobby, this workshop is for you. Participants will learn everything from where and how to order bees, to wrapping them up for winter, this workshop will focus on how to start up a bee hive, and what to do in your first year with them. Topics covered include ordering bees and hives, tools and equipment, setting up the hive and colony, first year maintenance, history of beekeeping, bee biology, and life inside the hive. There will be equipment to look at, honey to sample, and resources available to further your own knowledge.
This workshops is also a great primer for anyone interesting in joining the more intensive Ossipee Valley Beekeepers School, a 6-week long course by the UNH Co-Op Extension for anyone interested in hobby or commercial production of honey bees that will start January 29th and run every Thursday thru March 5th.
G.A.L.A.’s Basics to Backyard Beekeeping workshop takes place on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Sumner Brook Herbals & Fish Farm located at 277 Route 16 Ossipee, NH. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. Pre-registration is requested at www.galacommunity.org, or by calling 603-539-6460.