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    Beekeeping

    We have several hives hidden away in a safe place for bees and visitors. The Farm bees are very active in the nearby gardens and in local parks, where they pollinate a wide variety of trees and plants.

    Join Hackney City Farm’s beekeeper on one of our beekeeping courses to learn about this ancient craft and how to make it work for us and the bees in a busy city and a changing climate.

    2019 Spring courses 

    The 3 courses we offer are complementary and we recommend doing at least 2 of the courses before embarking on your own journey as a beekeeper. There is a 15% discount on the second course you attend. If you are on a low-income or receive financial support, please drop by the Farm office as we have some low-cost spaces on most courses.

    To book onto a course email Ken@HackneyCityFarm.co.uk with the date of the course you want to attend. Gift Vouchers for courses available.

    1. Introduction to beekeeping – 2 ½ hours – £40
    26 February, 7pm – 9.30pm
    4 March, 7pm – 9.30pm
    12 March, 7pm – 9.30pm

    2. Beekeeping for beginners – 4 ½ hours – £65
    16 March, 2pm – 6.30pm
    23 March, 2pm – 6.30pm

    3. Your first hive – Whole day – £95
    30 March, 10am – 5pm
    6 April, 10am – 5pm

    Course details

    All the courses are with the Farm’s beekeeper and will cover the topics described below. There are many different ways to keep bees so questions and discussions in the course are welcomed.

    1. Introduction to beekeeping – 2 ½ hours – £40

    If you are thinking of getting your first hive or just interested in learning what it really takes to produce honey, this workshop is a run through the essentials. We will look at how the bees make honey, the practicalities of keeping bees and the various bee products we can harvest from wax to propolis and, of course, honey with the chance to taste some very different samples.

    2. Beekeeping for beginners – 4 ½ hours – £65

    This course will cover the basics for setting up your own hives at home. We will look at how to get your apiary established including finding the right spot, the equipment and sourcing bees. Learn about the bee’s biology and their behaviour so that you can read what is happening in the hive and keep your bees happy and healthy. We will consider different approaches to keeping bees and take a peek through the window of the Farm’s observation hive.

    3. Your first hive – Whole day – £95

    Take an in depth look at the beekeeping season and how to get your hive of bees through it. Starting in the Spring, we will look at how to organise your hive so that the bees get off to the best start after they emerge from the winter. As the colony gains strength you will need to know when to give bees space to collect honey, how to work with the colony’s natural instinct to swarm and spotting problems with pests and disease early so that your bees stay happy and healthy. Finishing with how to collect the harvest at the end of the season and preparing the hive for the colder months.

    Throughout the day we will cover the practicalities of beekeeping alongside facts and theories about the bee’s life-cycle and the fascinating logic of the colony. You will get to practice making frames for honeycomb and, weather permitting, we will look inside the hive or watch the bees at work in the Farm’s observation hive.

    Any questions, contact Ken@HackneyCityFarm.co.uk for more details.