Hayes Valley Farm Begins Beekeeping Classes One Year After the Insecticide
|Haven't you always wanted to do this?|
Less than a year later, though, Peteros hasn't just tripled the amount of hives on the farm -- she's about to start offering biweekly beekeeping classes.
|New hives at Hayes Valley Farm.|
The new neighborhood watch, combined with the public outcry over the deaths, convinced Peteros to give the farm another chance. She installed the new hives several months ago, and has been working for the past few months to secure bee suits for beekeeping students.
Hayes Valley Farms' first beekeeping class will be held Saturday, June 18, and Peteros and SF Bee-Cause are planning to hold subsequent classes every other Saturday. "You can take hands-on beekeeping classes in San Francisco through the bee clubs, which hold them once or twice a year in the early spring," she says. "But there's no place you can go on an ongoing basis. So if you want to undertake beekeeping but are nervous about opening boxes filled with tens of thousands of stinging insects [she laughs], we'll have hive inspection classes every other week so you can follow the seasonal changes of the populations of the hive."
Each class will cost $20, and will require signing up a week in advance through the Hayes Valley Farm website; the class limit is six people. The first class hasn't yet appeared on the farm's site, but at the bottom of the home page, you can sign up to receive notices about events and volunteer opportunities related to beekeeping.