You can keep bees in your own backyard! It is an exciting and rewarding experience. In this workshop, we will give you all the tools you need to be informed as you set up your first hive! Our expert instructor will teach participants about beekeeping supplies and equipment, where to get bees, and how to install them into a hive. The class will also cover basic hive management principles: how to open and inspect a hive and what the beekeeper should expect to see and do for the first few months. You will leave this workshop with the keys to success for keeping honey bees in an urban area.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Koski
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.
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.