Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 5th Time: 9:00-12:00
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.
Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.
The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.
- A Beginner’s Year
- The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
- Honey Bee Biology
- Bees & Wasps of Colorado
- Honey Bee Health
- Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
- The Hardware of Beekeeping
- The Beekeeper’s Year
- Tom Theobald
- Tom Nangle
- Suzanne Connolly
- Doyen Mitchell
- Phil Bradbury
- Tracy Bellehumeur
- Julie Finley-Ridinger
- Whitney Cranshaw
- Miles McGaughey
- See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/
The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination & Beyond
Wednesday October 9, 2013 6-8 PM
Did you know that it takes about 556 honeybees, visiting two million flowers, to make one pound of honey? Or that they communicate with a dance, using the angle of the sun as a reference? Learn more amazing facts like these in this fascinating introductory session about honeybees. We’ll take an in-depth look at the honeybee and explore its staggering impact on American and worldwide agriculture. Taught by Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet, this course will also uncover the basics of pollination and plant biology, including an overview of other common pollinators and their connection to native and non-native Colorado plants. The role of the honeybee as the world’s most important pollinator will be emphasized. Experience level: Beginner.
Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.
Registration: $21/member, $24/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.
As always we will meet at To Bee Or Not To Bee: 725 W. 39th, Denver, CO 80216 (303)728-4422. We will be discussing ways to give our girls the best chance to weather the coming Winter.If you are in need of bee help for the winter, let me know and I will include it in the reminder next week.
The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members
Eleven Honey Facts and Myths
1. Fact: Honey is sweeter than table sugar.
So use less of it. Such as in drinks and as spreads on food like bread, buns, and pastries.
2. Myth: Honey is best taken when mixed in hot water.
Pouring hot water into honey would not only reduce its aroma and flavor, but also destroys the natural enzymes present in it.
3. Myth: Honey should not be scooped using a metal spoon.
While Honey is acidic, scooping it with a metal spoon is such a quick action that corrosion of the metal is unlikely. If in doubt, use a wooden or porcelain spoon.
4. Myth: Honey never spoils, even when it’s stored opened.
Honey absorbs moisture from the air when left opened, and this leads to fermentation. Keep the lid tightly sealed and in a cool place.
5. Myth: Honey comes in cream, liquid and powder form.
Honey comes in cream and liquid form, but not in powder form.
6. Fact: Honey’s quality is not affected by crystallization.
Crystallization does not affect the nutritional value and quality of honey. Crystallization can occur when honey is kept refrigerated.
7. Fact: Honey is healthier than artificial sugar.
Artificial sugars can cause harm to our bodies.
8. Fact: Honey contains no cholesterol.
Honey is cholesterol free. (This is good news for people with high cholesterol and a sweet tooth)
9. Myth: Honey contains a tiny amount of fat.
Honey has zero fat.
10. Fact: Honey helps burn fats when we sleep.
According to the Hibernation Diet, honey acts as a fuel to burn body fats while we are asleep.
11. Fact: Honey is a natural preservative.
Honey looks like liquid. However it has a very low water content. That is why it can prevent water preferring bacteria from growing. Some scientific research indicates that honey creates a viscous barrier against bacteria and infection. It creates a sticky barrier between itself and other ingredients in a product. The barrier acts as a trap and it prevents bacteria from contaminating the ingredients which could easily spoil when exposed to air and water based bacteria.