Yesterday, I attended a class at The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) on Beekeeping. I've never been to The Hort before and was mesmerized by the plant setup they had there. The room in which the lecture was held had the most amazing hanging planters on every window. I'm not exactly sure what these plant holders are made of but it looked like perhaps roof gutters of some sort. This one featured some neat succulents and cacti.
Silvermine Apiaries in Connecticut. I didn't get a good photo of him speaking since he was going through slides on a Powerpoint and the lights were dimmed. In his lecture, Andrew discussed the history of beekeeping, the process of beekeeping and his own adventures as an urban beekeeper. He discussed how since 2010, beekeeping in New York City (and boroughs) is now legal and many beehives are in community gardens, backyards and even on city rooftops. He told us how his next installation will be on the top of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. So. Very. Cool.
Bees Without Borders. From The Hort website describing the work of Bees Without Borders, "Andrew and a group of dedicated apiarists teach beekeeping skills to groups of people in economically depressed areas of the globe as a means of poverty alleviation. This involves developing culturally appropriate training programs and materials for local beekeepers to increase honey yield and providing them with the opportunity to learn about and create new markets for their products." It's amazing that this non-profit goes to these developing countries to teach them how to raise honey. Training them with a skill that they can use to make a living and become self sufficient. He brought back organic honey from his recent trip to Mwingi, Kenya, where he and other beekeepers from Bees Without Borders taught beekeeping skills. After the talk, we all tasted the honey. It is delicious!
New York City Beekeeper's Association a beekeeping organization that Andrew is a core member of. In the 4 week course, it will "teach you everything you need to know to safely start and maintain a beehive." I don't know if I'll end up having beehives in my backyard here in Staten Island, but I do want learn more about it and maybe one day raise honeybees. I love the idea of making my own local honey. The class starts in 3-weeks, I can't wait!