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Backyard beekeeping presentation Saturday at Alliance GreenMarket

By Staff | Aug 5, 2015

The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket continues its series of free Urban Farming workshops next Saturday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m., with a presentation on backyard beekeeping. These free workshops take place the second Saturday of every month all year long.

Beekeeping is a low-intensity form of urban farming that can be practiced successfully year-round in Southwest Florida. Bees are effective pollinators that increase the yield of any garden or fruit tree. And, of course, they provide a crop of fresh honey and beeswax that can be used in candle-making. This activity makes for a great addition to both food and flower gardens, and beekeeping can be incorporated by mastering a few simple techniques.

Honeybees are generally non-aggressive and non-intrusive, and the risk is very low that beekeeping could lead to any problems if simple precautions are taken. Most hobby beekeepers only need to get into their hives a few times a year, and the basic equipment required is affordable.

The presentation will be led by Claudia Silveira. Originally from Brazil, Silveira has lived in Fort Myers for many years working as a professional beekeeper. She will introduce the basic facts of small-scale beekeeping and then answer questions.

This workshop is free, but small donations are welcome and appreciated, as they help the Alliance bring sustainability programs to the community. Participants are encouraged to bring a note pad and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated in the summer heat.

The Alliance campus and galleries, which are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, is at 10091 McGregor Blvd., in Fort Myers.

Backyard beekeeping presentation Saturday at Alliance GreenMarket

By Staff | Aug 5, 2015

The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket continues its series of free Urban Farming workshops next Saturday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m., with a presentation on backyard beekeeping. These free workshops take place the second Saturday of every month all year long.

Beekeeping is a low-intensity form of urban farming that can be practiced successfully year-round in Southwest Florida. Bees are effective pollinators that increase the yield of any garden or fruit tree. And, of course, they provide a crop of fresh honey and beeswax that can be used in candle-making. This activity makes for a great addition to both food and flower gardens, and beekeeping can be incorporated by mastering a few simple techniques.

Honeybees are generally non-aggressive and non-intrusive, and the risk is very low that beekeeping could lead to any problems if simple precautions are taken. Most hobby beekeepers only need to get into their hives a few times a year, and the basic equipment required is affordable.

The presentation will be led by Claudia Silveira. Originally from Brazil, Silveira has lived in Fort Myers for many years working as a professional beekeeper. She will introduce the basic facts of small-scale beekeeping and then answer questions.

This workshop is free, but small donations are welcome and appreciated, as they help the Alliance bring sustainability programs to the community. Participants are encouraged to bring a note pad and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated in the summer heat.

The Alliance campus and galleries, which are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, is at 10091 McGregor Blvd., in Fort Myers.