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Bee Sustainable 

Wednesday, May 2 2012
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In San Francisco, it's perfectly legal to keep a brood of chickens or a badelynge of ducks in your backyard. Bees are also permissible, though a little trickier. Good thing Garden for the Environment's Paul Koski is leading his Urban Beekeping Series of classes again this year, explaining the details of maintaining a healthy colony. What might that get you? About 50 pounds of honey at harvest. In part one, How to Set Up a Beehive, you learn the basics: equipment, supplies, where to get bees, and how to acclimate them to the hive. You also learn what to expect as the colony develops. If you're new to this hobby, this first course is essential. In part two, Beehive Management, which happens in June, learn about how to keep a mature colony healthy and productive, and how to assess the health and behavior of your honeymakers. August's part three, Honey Extraction, covers the sweetest aspect of this hobby. Most space-constrained city backyards or balconies are more than large enough to accommodate a beehive, which are certainly not as messy as fowl. So take any combination or all three courses -- your friends and neighbors might thank you.
Sat., May 12, 1 p.m., 2012

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