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Chicago Honey Co-op Classes Start Soon

By Melissa Wiley in Food on May 17, 2013 7:20PM

2011_12_13Honey2.jpg Honey bees’ alarming disappearance across the country notwithstanding, Chicago remains a land of milk and honey. More and more of us are transforming our back porches into makeshift aviaries and keeping our own personal honeypots closely within reach. Ready to get your skep on? Then it’s time to register for one of the Chicago Honey Co-op’s upcoming beekeeping classes.

Held at the apiary on the roof of Christy Webber Landscapes, these hands-on tutorials walk you through everything you need to know to keep your hive happy, from following your bees’ flight patterns and lighting the smoker to inspecting brood patterns and recognizing signs of a hale and hearty queen.

The co-op recommends that you do a little homework first, by reading Honeybees and Beekeeping, A Year in the life of an Apiary by Keith Delaplane, available through their website as well as on Amazon.

Classes take place from 10 am to 3 pm on May 25, June 8, and June 29. Lunch is potluck, and you can register here.