This month, the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op (TBC) will hold its annual daylong workshop for Toronto’s urban bee-curious. The TBC will conduct an educational day of exploration featuring presentations from honey bee and wild bee experts and urban beekeeping enthusiasts. Registration has now opened on line at for this Saturday, February 28, 2015 event.

Hear is what Good Food Revolution has to say about it:

Bee-Day will explore a wide range of apiary basics, including: bee friendly gardens; interactive hive and equipment demonstrations; bee biology and lifecycles; hive management and wild bee conservation. A panel of bee experts and activists, drawn from academia, local producers and hobbyists, will explore how cities are addressing the increasing number of bee deaths. Funds raised by the $50.00 admission fee will go to further the educational work of the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative.  The day of bee exploration will be held at FoodShare, 90 Croatia St., Toronto (Bloor & Dufferin area) from 8:30 am through to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

keeping the urban bees warm

keeping the urban bees warm

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the official program commences at 9 a.m. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Laurence Packer, head of the Packer Bee Lab at York University and author of Keeping the Bees. At 11:00 participants will break out into groups with experts giving four presentations: Enticing and Conserving Bees in your Garden; How to get your Community Involved in Saving Bees; A Beekeeper’s Year; and Threats to Bee Health.  After a complimentary vegan lunch, the moderated panel of experts will gather between 1:45 and 3:30 to explore: How Cities Are Helping to Save Bees. The panelists are Scott MacIvor (Toronto’s Wild Bees), Brendan Berhmann (Toronto Seed Library), Kim Fellows (Pollination Canada), Pieter Basedow (U of T Bees), Tom Nolan (UTBA) and Gillian Leitch (Alter Eden).

According to TBC’s events coordinator, Gillian Leitch, “…this yearly gathering of passionate beekeepers, citizen scientists, educators and researchers is the ideal opportunity to convene and explore life from a bee’s eye view and share ways to help save these amazing creatures.” 

Bee-Day is a ticketed public event and available on a first come, first registered basis at $50.00 per person–with breakfast and vegan lunch included.

Attendance may be secured here:

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