This event has sold out the last couple years so we’re giving you lots of warning!
It is time for Bee Day- On Saturday, February 6 the Toronto Beekeepers Co-Operative will hold its annual daylong workshop answering everything you always wanted to know about honey bees but were afraid to ask. This year’s workshop, Urban Beekeeping 101 is being held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Toronto Bee keeper’s Co-op (TBC) was formed in 2002, and, in partnership with Foodshare Toronto is a dynamic force in this city’s urban agriculture scene. The forty member volunteer organization is dedicated to educating the public about the value of bees and their important relationship to Toronto’s urban landscape and ecosystem and their good works have not gone un-noticed: in 2011 the TBC was awarded a “Green Toronto” award for its stewardship and educational efforts.
According to TBC’s events co-chair Nicki Weiss, “…this yearly gathering of bee friendly experts and beginners is notable for its wide ranging introductory subject matter. The day of programming and conversations will appeal to everyone who has any level of interest or experience with beekeeping. Urban hobby gardeners, cottagers, beginner beekeepers and seasoned experts will all find the gathering useful and inspiring.”
The busy bees running this year’s show will be exploring a wide range of topics including:
– how urban beekeeping differs from rural beekeeping
– how to encourage a healthy bee environment in your backyard or balcony
– how and where to start your own hives
– interactive hive and equipment demonstrations
– what you really need to know about Queen Bees, drones and workers
– the best plants for a bee friendly garden
– apitherapy: an update on urban beekeeping practices from around the world
– a discussion concerning the Ontario Bee Act laws
– a look at beekeeping resources in Toronto and throughout Ontario
Exhibitors will be showing off the latest in beekeeping tools and equipment, and local apiarists will be offering honey tastings and other honeyed goodies, beeswax candles and skin care products. So make sure you get there good and early!This is a ticketed public event and available on a first come, first registered basis at $50.00 per person. Funds raised by the $50.00 admission fee will go to further the educational work of the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative. Attendance may be secured here and to get you in the spirit of things, here’s a busy little beedance!