The Denver Urban Homestead was all abuzz February 2nd for the Bee Festival. Bee-sides there being stands of extremely helpful bee keepers, Jan Cofelt gave an Introduction to Bee Keeping class.
Participants in the class learned how to take care of their bees, what type of hive may work best for them and interesting facts about bee behavior.
Actually bees are quite amazing little insects, highly intelligent and beyond important. Without these tireless workers, we would have no apples or almonds and very low production of everything else.
I do want bees, I think they would go quite nicely with our little garden but I didn't know the first thing about them. Taking the class with Jan was entertaining and highly informative. She took the mystery out of beekeeping and made it seem very possible to do. What I didn't realize was how little time actually goes into keeping bees. Jan mentioned that total time invested a year could be as little as 40 hours for the year.
If you are interested in bee keeping check out the upcoming bee classes at the Denver Urban Homestead.
I will be purchasing my hives soon and looking for a swarm that needs a home. I hope you consider making bees a part of your garden!