bee good, bee happy

Just a quick note: David and our good friend Coryndon have signed up for a beekeeping class at CCRI. Bees! My future garden is buzzing with happiness at the thought.

we see a bee | from hop on pop

The class is called Backyard Beekeeping and starts April 1 in Warwick. Still slots open if you want to join them.

Did you see in the New York Times this weekend that soon, raising honeybees will no longer be illegal?

New York City is among the few jurisdictions in the country that deem beekeeping illegal, lumping the honeybee together with hyenas, tarantulas, cobras, dingoes and other animals considered too dangerous or venomous for city life. But the honeybee’s bad rap — and the days of urban beekeepers being outlaws — may soon be over.

Good to see a major city come to its senses, especially since urban farmers have been raising bees on rooftops in defiance of the law for decades. This is just one more manifestation of a trend that’s been gaining momentum. Obviously we’re not the only ones who fear for the honeybees given their ever shrinking habitat and colony collapse disorder. Good thing.

David will let you know how the class goes, I’m sure. Or maybe you should take a class and find out firsthand!

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4 Responses to “bee good, bee happy”

  1. jc says:

    Jim and I are are attending our 2nd class tonight (the first one was quite informative and entertaining), we will be ordering/paying for the bees tonight as well. Gotta buy them now, because come April they are all spoken for. 3 pounds of bees (with queen) for about 80 bucks. Not too much, I guess… but then about 3-4 hundred for the hive boxes, screens, smoker, suits… That’s a lot of honey!
    Wait, Brook, how come YOU are not taking the class with Dave and Coryndon?!?

  2. Brook says:

    I can’t take the class — who’s going to watch our kid?! 3lbs of bees, eh? Sounds like good eatin!

  3. john says:

    The class we are taking through the RI Beekeeping Assoc charged me $50, and a second house hold member $5…. that alone covers the cost of a babysitter!
    3 pounds is good eating, but there will be no honey this year, as they have to really establish the hive this year before rob it.

  4. Brook says:

    nice. I think David’s class at CCRI is like $200, so you got a good deal right there.