Check out our upcoming spring 2022 workshops!
Suggested donation levels are listed below. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able.
Beginning Urban Beekeeping
Sunday May 15, 2022, 10 am – Noon at Alemany Farm.
Instructor: Fernando Aguilar
Suggested Donation: $25
Beginning Urban Beekeeping is designed to teach participants everything they need to know if they want to start a new hive or where to go for more in depth resources and information on beekeeping.
- This short course will be both mostly lecture, but some hands-on also.
- No special skills needed. We’ll visit the apiary and take a look inside (bee suits/gloves provided).
- Students will learn basic bee biology, bee equipment/tool essentials, and tips for urban beekeeping success.
- Beekeeping is a natural extension of gardening…the two go together well.
Whether you’re already keeping bees or simply curious about what beekeeping involves, there will be something for you in this class. We’ll cover some basics on bees, the progress of bees through the seasons, how to keep a colony healthy and what to look for at this time of year. We’ll also talk about swarming, pest management, and more. We’ll discuss honest harvest and extraction methods. This workshop will cover topics such as maintaining bee health, and hive overwintering success. Please bring sturdy shoes and long pants/shirts.
Fernando Aguilar is a native San Franciscan who’s been keeping bees for 13 years. He’s a former Board Member for the San Francisco Beekeepers Association and is still active with them. He’s an Alemany Farms graduate (2011) in Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture , along with successfully completing organic gardener training at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, SF’s Garden for the Environment, and holds an Environmental Horticulture Certification from City College of San Francisco. Fernando also taught English as a Second Language for City College of SF for 20 years and is an alumni, Board Member, and long- time volunteer for The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. He currently keeps 4 hives in San Francisco and 2 in Mendocino County.