Backyard Skills Workshop (advanced)
$30 Members / $40 Non-members
The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Explore the basics of beekeeping at home. Learn the tools, equipment, and techniques needed to start and manage your own hive.
Bees are critical to the health of our ecosystems and the sustainability of our food supply. 90% of wild plants and 35% of food crops grown by humans depend on insect pollination. Almost 80% of all pollination is performed by honey bees — nature’s hardest workers. Despite their importance to global and local ecosystems, honey bee populations are declining rapidly. Beekeeping at home helps support your local population while making your gardens thrive and providing raw, organic honey.
Topics covered in the workshop:
- Life cycle, characteristics, and benefits of backyard bees
- Causes of honey bee declines, and practical solutions to help
- How to start and maintain your own backyard beehive
- Different types of hives, and how to select the one that’s right for you
- Where to place your hive
- How to create a bee-friendly garden
Participants will get to taste a variety of honeys sourced from The Ecology Center’s network of beekeepers.
Anna Maria Desipris is an experienced organic farmer and natural beekeeper. In 2015 she managed a program that rescued and relocated hives and cared for over 100 existing hives in Orange County. She is the founder of The Honeybee Hub (a honey bee rescue, relocation and education organization) and leads the Community Table Accord and Celebrations at The Ecology Center