Heritage Prairie Farm offers backyard beekeeping classes
Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn has been harvesting honey for local patrons since 2006. As their tradition of local raw honey harvesting continues, their amazing bees make sweet, golden nectar from millions of flowers surrounding their USDA Certified Organic Farm. Now, they want to bring the honey harvest to you.
Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, now offers backyard beekeeping classes on the farm.
This two-day course will cover the basics of backyard beekeeping and everything you need to know to get started in this exciting and dynamic hobby. The course will be an interactive and hands-on class discussing the different kinds of bees, their roles and jobs within the colony, and the life cycle of a honeybee. Over the course students will learn about the different types of hives with a hands-on demonstration of their components, the tools of the trade, apiary location, the beekeepers year, challenges facing honeybees (including Colony Collapse Disorder, pests, and disease), what to do will all that honey, and resources for continued learning.
Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 attendants, so register soon to reserve your spot. Additional classes may be scheduled based on interest.
Part one of Backyard Beekeeping will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and the second part will continue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
The class fee is $80. Sign up for the class at www.heritageprairiefarm.com/farm/honey/backyard-beekeeping/.
Participants also will be able to purchase a basic start up eight-frame hive at a discount, order 3 lb. packages of bees delivered to Heritage Prairie Farm for an extra charge, and sign up for a later package installation demonstration in April.
Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn is dedicated to cultivating a great local food experiences for the Chicago area. Growing Kane County's only certified organic vegetables, the produce is available at their farm store, at city restaurants, through CSA shares, and even at Whole Foods Market. Both free-range chickens and Large Black hogs can also be found on the farm. The farm is known for raising honey bees to harvest honey.
The Heritage Prairie Farm Store conveniently offers these eggs, pork products, and honey throughout the season.