The Queen Bee and the BeeHive: Intro to Bees and Beekeeping

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Think Beyonce is chic? You haven't seen nothing yet! Come learn about the original Queen Bee, the honey bee! We've partnered with CRAFT Austin to bring you this fun and very special workshop, complete with a honey inspired cocktail.

The ultimate girl power species, a honey bee hive is comprised of more than 90% females, who make all the decisions and perform all the labor in a hive. Join us to learn all about honey bee biology and the behavior of this fascinating species. The majority of the class will focus on how to get started as an urban beekeeper, including discussions of the City of Austin regulations, a demonstration of necessary equipment, and information on where you can get your own bees. We will even have an observation hive of honey bees at CRAFT so you can watch these gals work! You will leave this class with a booklet of resources to help you start your very own Bee Hive. After this classroom section, you will be primed to continue your bee education with a hands-on field workshop with Tara. Snacks and a special Beyonce-inspired lemonade cocktail made with local raw honey included!

Ok ladies (and gentleman!), now let's get in formation!

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Tara Chapman is a native Texan, born and raised in the small West Texas town of Smyer. She moved to the East Coast for college in 1999. After 13 years, she raced back to Texas to satisfy a longing for Texas BBQ, breakfast tacos, and mild winters. Tara’s fascination with bees began with an 8th grade science unit on the workings of a colony. Tara’s favorite way to eat honey is on top of a banana with a bit of cinnamon and peanut butter!

Tara does hive tours, beekeeping classes, and the HoneyHomes program to help others discover the fulfilling hobby of beekeeping. A chance lecture on solitary bees inspired her BeeBuilders kit, intended to teach our community about the importance of solitary bees.

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