CANTON - As happens every month, an informal Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Betty Evans Community Room in the new addition to the E.J. Noble Medical Bldg. at 80 E. Main Street, Canton.
All levels of beekeeper are welcome to join in the discussion group events, from those just interested in the idea, to those with a home hive or two, to those who have many or wish to expand. The idea is to provide a comfortable setting where participants can share valuable information about local beekeeping with each other.
This session begins the fourth year that the Local Living Ventures Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group will meet on the last Wednesday of the month, and the group has grown to take on more projects.
Buying cooperatives are a new feature of participation in the group. Forty hives in the St. Lawrence River Valley are now the recipients of package bees (a swarm of bees, all packaged up with a Queen bee) in the first cooperative venture the group took on this Spring. Many hives were lost over the harsh Winter, and group members are benefiting by a group ordering discount and in sharing the otherwise quite high delivery costs for some group members to pick up the order.
Workshop for beginners are also being scheduled for appropriate times over the summer, including Honey Harvesting and Re-Queening Your Hive for the Winter. Workshops are presented by knowledgeable Bee Group members, highlighting local knowledge and resources.
We certainly appreciate and want to hear from the experts when we put on workshops on the dozens of topics that we cover, including beekeeping, Local Living Venture Coordinator Chelle Lindahl said, but what we find so often happens is that local people who have a lot of knowledge show up too, and then it becomes a great discussion and information-sharing session, instead of the teacher lecturing to the students!
All are welcome to attend and share their questions, successes and challenges in a casual group setting at the Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group gatherings, that are sponsored by the Local Living Venture, a non-profit community group coordinating resourceful living skills workshops in the St. Lawrence River Valley.
A pass-the-hat small donation is requested of participants who are able to contribute. Please write to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or call (315) 347-4223 for more information and to get on the e-mailing list for future notices. Many resources are available at the web page www.SustainableLivingProject.net/workshops-groups/bees-beekeeping.
The Local Living Venture (LLV) coordinates near-weekly resourceful Living Skills Workshops promoting traditional rural and simple living skills as part of their vision for an even more capable community. Listings of other upcoming workshops and events can be found on the Workshop Schedule page by clicking through to the current site at www.LocalLivingVenture.org.