The workshops in this series are designed for the first time beekeeper interested in keeping bees using natural methods. Each of the four workshops will emphasize a different facet of keeping bees. Topics will include: mindful beekeeping attitude and behavior; basic bee biology; hive construction; acquisition of bees and placement in the hive; techniques for managing bee colonies; troubleshooting throughout the seasons; and the harvesting and bottling of honey.
It is recommended that beginning beekeepers take all four workshops at Green Gulch and an additional workshop in Tracy (date to be announced). Those interested in taking single workshops are welcome, but all except the first workshop will be limited to 15 participants. There will be opportunities to practice beekeeping with the instructor outside of workshop time at Green Gulch and in Tracy, by appointment. Interested students may purchase bees and beekeeping equipment through the instructor. Please visit www.awhawkinsapiaries.com or contact Alan Hawkins for more information at 209.834.7156.
Part 1: Beginning with Intention - Sunday, February 19
Part 2: Building a Healthy Home - Saturday, March 10
Part 3: Seasonal Transitions and Honey Bee Delivery Day -
Saturday, April 21
Part 4: Harvesting Honey - Saturday, June 16
All are 9 am - 4 pm
led by Alan Hawkins
Maximum workshop size for parts 2, 3, and 4: 15
Fees for the four-part series (all four workshops): $290, $240 current SFZC members, $180 limited income.
Fees for each separate workshop: $80, $65 current SFZC members, $40 limited income.
Please indicate when you register which workshop(s) you will be attending.
Registration: Use the Register Online button above for the full series. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362. To register for individual workshops, click on any Part 1-4 above under Workshop Series.
Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Alan Hawkins received the bodhisattva precepts (jukai) in 1992 and works with bees at Green Gulch and in Tracy. In 2011, he facilitated the establishing of hives and harvesting honey at City Center in San Francisco.