The Hort on Urban Beekeeping. He spoke again about Bees Without Borders, an organization that teaches beekeeping skills to impoverished communities around the world. He went on to tell us that they teach the class for free as volunteers and that all the money (minus the room rental) we paid for the class goes directly to Bees Without Borders. The money is used towards buying beekeeping supplies that Bees Without Borders donates to these underdeveloped communities in need. How cool is that? What a nice surprise to hear that the money we spent for the class is going to such a good cause!
Youtube where our teacher Andrew is teaching a beekeeping class to the York Prep highschool students. How cool would it have been to learn this in Highschool? Lucky kids!!
Here he is showing us how to use the smoker on the beehives.
Here he is showing us how to pump the smoker once the burlap is lit.
We were all very excited about checking out the bees, we more or less swarmed Norm. (Sorry for the pun, I could not resist.)
Here is Andrew showing us how to scrape off wax that collects along the boards. He is showing us how to use the very useful hive metal tool.
Here is a shot of the father and son team in the same photo. I'm not sure how long they have been teaching the class, but they are definitely very enthusiastic about it. You can tell that they really enjoy beekeeping. BTW, Norm maintains the beehives on Martha Stewart's estate. Pretty cool huh?
I'm not sure if I'll have my own hives in the city. I have to give it more thought. It's quite an expensive hobby. They recommend two hives to start off with, which when hive supplies and bees are purchased will run about $500. There is also a problem in New York City, in that it is getting saturated with bee hives ever since the city made it legal to beekeep. To produce 1 pound of honey, bees need to visit 1 million flowers!! In an urban environment, there is a concern of lack or foraging space. For this year, for the time being, I applied to this beekeeping apprenticeship program with Big Apple Apiary. The problem is however that there are lots of people going after the few apprenticeship slots available. So... I don't know if I will be lucky enough to get one of the slots. Therefore, I decided to go to the next NYC Beekeeper's Association meeting to see if maybe I can meet a beekeeper who would be interested in taking me under their wings. Literally.