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Beehive Care & Maintenance

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Garden for the Environment

1590 7th Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94122

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If you have a beehive (or are looking to have one in the future), it's not just set it up and forget it. There is a lot to do and a lot to learn to properly take care of your bees, have them produce honey, and get them ready to overwinter. In this workshop, our expert instructors will briefly cover what equipment you'll need for ongoing bee health, discuss hive management principles, discuss how to best open and inspect a hive, what to look for, and how to identify and treat basic problems you may encounter in a beehive. You will leave this workshop with information needed to keep your beehive happy and healthy. If there's time, we'll talk about when to extract and maybe even taste some different honeys. And stay tuned for a September workshop will deal directly with extraction and getting ready for overwintering.

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INSTRUCTORS: Marc Johnson, Pilar Leano, and Paul Koski

Marc and Pilar went through GFE's Get Up! program in 2010 and have volunteered at the garden since. They first put hives at GFE in early 2015 and manage about a dozen hives, mostly in Western SF. Marc is on the board of the SF Beekeepers Association and both volunteer time and effort to promote urban beekeeping.

Paul Koski of the San Francisco Beekeeper Association has been beekeeping in San Francisco for decades. He takes care of some of the GFE beehives and manages other hives around San Francisco.

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FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options?

Although there is street parking available, it can be challenging on weekends. Public transportation is frequent and nearby, so it's a great option! The 6, 36, 43, and 44, bus lines and the N Judah all run within a few blocks of the garden. Forest Hill Station is also nearby and you can take the 43 or 44 directly from there to the garden.

What should I bring to the workshop?

Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes, a full water bottle, and lots of layers. You may also want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning and you are welcome to bring food and join us for a picnic lunch in the garden at noon.

Do you ever cancel workshops?

We try our best not to cancel, but if the weather forecast suggests it is very likely to be pouring rain, we will cancel the workshop and notify attendees by 5pm the day before. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, however, so come prepared with rain gear. We are also occasionally forced to cancel workshops due to other unforeseen circumstances. In any case, we will happily register you for another workshop or refund your workshop fee.

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