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Bee a Keeper Workshop

What to Expect

Welcome to our farm!  Our Chatham County farm consists of 86 acres of pasture, woods, & gardens managed for our honeybees, free-range chickens & grass-fed cows.  Honeybees are fascinating creatures & our passion.  We are excited to share the wonder of these amazing insects with you in our workshops.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Scheduling

  • Bees are grumpy in cool & wet weather. To provide the best experience for everyone, we reserve the right to reschedule an event if the weather forecast looks unfavorable.   Every effort will be made to accommodate rescheduling.
  • Bees & weather are both unpredictable. If conditions arise that require us to curtail an inspection, we may substitute events with teaching aids or observation hives.  Safety & comfort are our top priority.
  • Workshops are non-refundable. With 24 hr notice, we will attempt to reschedule   you in a future class.

Location

  • Most of our morning program is outdoors, weather & comfort permitting. Short walks are required to navigate the farm. Footing is uneven & often rocky.
  • Honey harvest, and afternoon candle/soap making classes will be indoors.
  • Lunch will be served outdoors if weather & chickens permit. Dietary restrictions including allergies should be listed on your registration form.

What to Wear/Bring

  • Long pants – denim or other heavy weight is recommended.
  • Boots or sturdy, closed toe shoes, but nothing fancy. We are on a farm!
  • Reading glasses if needed to view small things. Bee eggs are tiny.
  • Camera – The bee suit photo op is not to be missed!
  • Participants only – no pets or unregistered persons are allowed.
  • Reusable shopping bag/box – Buck Naked Farm eggs, honey, hive products & apparel are available for purchase on site.
  • Treats for the chickens! Leafy greens in decent condition are welcome, not required.

What We Provide

  • Hive inspection gear – long sleeve jacket, veil, & gloves. We have multiple sizes but protective gear is never a custom fit.
  • Bottled water during breaks.
  • One 8oz. jar of chunk wildflower honey/participant as part of the “Honey Harvest”
  • (Soap making class only) – one 8oz. loaf of hot process soap/participant.
  • (Candle making class only) – four (2oz.) beeswax votive candles/participant
  • (Full day only) – Mixed cut flower bouquet in disposable container (colors & selection vary with seasons)
  • An indoor restroom is available.

Other Considerations

  • You are visiting a working farm. Livestock, wildlife, equipment, & poop (among other things) are present.
  • Honeybees are wild animals we attemptto manage. We cannot control where they are.  We pick days and times for the best chances of optimal viewing but they don’t always present textbook opportunities.
  • Bees sting defensively if provoked. Guidance will be given to minimize bee (and visitor!) stress.  People with known sting allergies should not participate in open hive activities.
  • Visitors must wear appropriate safety attire during hive openings. No exceptions.
  • Visitors are never required to participate in any event that makes them uncomfortable. Anyone is welcome to quietlywalk away at any time they feel overwhelmed.
  • Children’s behavior must be carefully managed. Adults must stay with their children and be responsible for behavior.  Roughhousing, wild movement, or disrespectful actions requires immediate removal of the child/ren.
  • Photos and questions are always welcome!

We hope this personal experience with our honeybees leaves you with a great appreciation for the work these bees do.  And who knows?  You may find a lifelong hobby or love for honey!

 

 

 

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