Beekeeping 101: Hive Building

  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Avenue and Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Event Description
We’re kicking off our summer beekeeping series with a hive building class! The course will start with a crash course in apiculture, walking participants through a brief history of beekeeping, the issues around beekeeping today, and the importance of apiculture in maintaining a healthy food system. We'll discuss the anatomy of a honey bee; the biology and life cycle of the colony; as well as equipment, hive architecture and basics in beekeeping safety.

We’ll then bust out the wood and paint and put together some hives. While there are many ways of keeping bees worldwide, the most widely used is the Langstroth Hive. Together we’ll construct the hive bodies, honey supers and frames and then we’ll finish them off with a fresh coat of paint. Did you know that bees see in color? Painting the hive helps them to distinguish their home from another. The hives we build will be donated to City Growers a 501c3 non-profit organization that brings honeybee education to NYC school kids.

This workshop is perfect for those of you who are considering beekeeping for the first time and want to learn more before diving into keeping bees on their own. Understanding the foundations of how the hives are constructed will help you troubleshoot and fix any potential problems in the future.

About Carin Zinter
Carin is a beekeeper and educator who, through her business, C & C Orchards, provides raw, local honey to restaurants and pastry chefs in the northeast. C & C Orchards Honey was just named a finalist for the 2017 Good Food Awards! In addition to keeping bees herself, Carin is the lead educator for Brooklyn Grange's season-long beekeeping training program.

Beekeeping 101 - Four Course Package

Sign up for all four of our Summer Beekeeping 101 courses at once and save $20! 

Sunday, June 4th -- Beekeeping 101: Hive Building

Sunday, July 9th -- Beekeeping 101: Hive Inspection

Sunday, August 13th -- Beekeeping 101: Honey Extraction

Sunday, October 1st -- Beekeeping 101: Honey Tasting

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This workshop will take place at our Brooklyn farm, located on the roof of Building 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Detailed directions can be found by following the link below. 

Brooklyn Grange Merchandise, Add-On to Workshop, Tour, or Event

Coming to a Brooklyn Grange workshop, tour or event? Take a little piece of Brooklyn Grange home with you! Disguise yourself as one of our farmers with a Brooklyn Grange hat, or carry home some farmer's market veg in one of our handy totes! Try our hot sauce, which is good on just about everything and comes in two delicious flavors. Want to learn more about our business? We wrote a book!  

PLEASE NOTE: At the present time we do not ship merchandise. Please only make a purchase if you are attending a workshop, tour or other Brooklyn Grange event. We will have a list of all items purchased at check-in and will make sure you get your goods before the end of the event! 

Merchandise prices are as follows: 
Hot Sauce - $8
Hat - $10
Tote - $12
Book - $22


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