URBAN BEEKEEPING: Honey & Harvesting
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 1PM - 3PM
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Instructor: Paul Koski, SF Beekeepers Association
Cost: $25 or $15 for GFE Members
Join guest instructor Paul Koski from the San Francisco Beekeepers Association to learn about honey and methods for harvesting it from an urban hive. You will learn how forager bees collect nectar from flowers, process the nectar back in the hive and store it as honey. An urban honeybee colony produces about 30-40 lbs of excess honey by the fall of the year. Factors that affect honey production & assessing how much honey stores a colony will need for the winter will also be covered. Variations in composition, color, flavor, density, nutritional value as well as benefits of local honey will be discussed. Methods of harvesting excess honey such as cutting honeycomb into chunks, crushing & straining or uncapping and extracting will be demonstrated. If conditions permit, participants will help extract some honey from a local hive!