This past Tuesday Raíces Cultural Center’s EcoCulture program held the first program in its new Sustainable Living Workshop Series. Raíces Board of Directors member Javier Robles gave an introductory overview of honeybees and beekeeping. Javier, who is also an attorney and a professor at Rutgers University, spoke to workshop participants about the basics of beekeeping and answered questions about bees and apiculture. Javier will lead a field trip to his beehives at Cook College this June. Please see the program calendar at www.raicesculturalcenter.org or sign up for our mailing list in the sidebar to receive program information. Check out the photo gallery from this workshop:
Intro to Beekeeping and Apiculture with Javier Robles
Workshop presenter and Raíces BOD member Javier Robles gave the first workshop in our new Sustainable Living Workshop Series.
Javier’s wife Amy lighting the smoker, one of the most important tools in beekeeping.
New beekeepers and community members interested in learning about bees from the Highland Park and surrounding communities came to the Environmental Education Center to learn about the basics of beekeeping.
Learning about the bees. — at Eugene Young Environmental Education Center.
Workshop leader Javier Robles explaining how the bees draw out the honeycomb in their frames. — at Eugene Young Environmental Education Center.
A frame with a new foundation. — with Javier Robles at Eugene Young Environmental Education Center.
Checking out the bee frames and drawn out foundation. — at Eugene Young Environmental Education Center.
HP beekeepers & Raíces Seed Library members came to learn more about the bees and what to expect as new beekeepers.
Checking out the bee box frames and comb.
Checking out the frames.
Placing the frames back in the super.
Participants got to taste different kinds of honey, including this wildflower honey.
Environmental Club of Highland Park High School co-president Matt skipped the plastic straw, and poured the honey right on his finger, refusing plastic every chance he gets.
Alfalfa honey used to be one of the most widely produced honeys by small scale beekeepers. It is a dark honey with a deep taste.
Part 1 of the Sustainable Living Workshop Series will continue through the end of June. See full schedule here.
Part 2 of the series will be held in late summer and early fall, schedule TBA.
This pilot program is funded by the Highland Park, New Jersey Park Partners grant program and donations from our friends, family and community supporters during our Spring EcoCulture Fundraising Drive. All workshops in this series are co-sponsored by Sustainable Highland Park.