Sweet Things: A Primer for Urban Beekeeping

In this seminar Jim Glassford will introduce us to some of the amazing insects that we depend on for over 70% of our food as well as how they keep our whole landscape alive and healthy. He will talk about the honeybee including the tasks involved in keeping and caring for a modern hive, and some of the equipment a beekeeper needs. He will address some of the municipal regulations urban beekeepers must follow. For those interested in mason bees, he will briefly address how to make a home for these no-sting, local, wild pollinators, and some of the supplies mason beekeepers use.

This is a FREE seminar. *Please register in advance by clicking on the REGISTER button, by calling 250-753-1154, or emailing NanaimoHarbourfront@virl.bc.ca*

About the instructor:

Jim Glassford is an apiarist with the Nanaimo Beekeepers Club and active member of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners. He keeps 2 hives of honeybees on his Nanaimo area property, and has kept mason bee boxes for about 20 years to maintain pollinators for his flower and vegetable gardens. James has a certificate as an organic gardening specialist from Royal Roads College and been a guest lecturer for the Horticulture Technicians Program at VIU. In addition to his volunteer work James is currently one of VIMGA’s mentor group, helping grow our new Master Gardeners.

About VIMGA:

The Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA) is a chapter of the Master Gardeners Association, an international service society of specially trained volunteers who teach science-based sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners. VIMGA is one of the 5 chapters in the British Columbia Association and partnering with the Victoria chapter, specializes in the stewardship of Vancouver Island’s unique environment.

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