The Winter Bee Lectures
Interested in bees? Think you may want to become a beekeeper? Want to know more about these amazing little creatures? This six-part series will explore the lives of honey bees: learn the difference between queens, workers, and drones; discover how (and why) bees make honey and wax; find out what’s involved in keeping bees and what it takes to get started; learn how honey is harvested and participate in a guided honey tasting; find out how beeswax is harvested and make your own candle to take home; and discover why bees are struggling to survive and what you can do to make a difference.
Session one – The royal family: queens, workers, and drones [January 26]
This first session in the series will introduce you to the royal family – the queen bee, her worker daughters, and sons the drones. Learn what makes them different, what their role in the hive is, and how they reproduce.
Session two – Products of the hive: honey, wax, and more [February 1]
This second session in the series explores what bees produce and how they do it. Learn how nectar becomes honey, where beeswax comes from, and what pollen and propolis are all about.
Session three – Keeping the bees [February 29]
This third session in the series delves into the art and science of beekeeping. Learn what’s involved in becoming a beekeeper, what startup costs can be expected, and what role the beekeeper plays in the lives of the bees.
Session four – Liquid gold: harvesting and enjoying honey [March 14]
This fourth session in the series looks at how honey gets from the hive to your table. You’ll learn about different sources and forms of honey, explore the difference between small-batch and commercial honey, and taste a variety of local and exotic honeys from around the world.
Session five – Beeswax harvest and uses [March 28]
This fifth session in the series will explore the painstaking process of harvesting and cleaning beeswax to prepare it for use. Learn about the many uses of beeswax, both historic and modern, and make a beeswax candle to take home with you.
Session six – The plight of the bees: what’s the problem and what can you do? [April 11]
This six (and final) session in the series will look at the plight of the bees that has garnered so much attention over the past few years. Learn about what’s really happening to honey bees and wild pollinators, and find out what you can do to help “save the bees.”
Dates: Time 1:30 to 4:30 pm January 26th, Feb 1st, 29th, March 14, 28th, April 11
Cost: Lectures are $25 each and can be attended individually – or purchase the full series of six lectures for $137.50.
About Natalie Comeau: Natalie is the owner of the Prince Edward County Honey Company. She has been keeping bees since 2013 and currently keeps 50 hives at six distinct locations around the County. Her honey and candles are sold at local markets, events, and retailers. Natalie has studied bee biology and apiculture at the University of Guelph, has attended honey tasting courses with the American Honey Tasting Society in Connecticut, and has taken workshops in biodynamic beekeeping at Spikenard Farm in Virginia. She is the volunteer librarian for the Quinte Beekeepers’ Association and is the editor of the Ontario Bee Journal, the magazine of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association
Registration: Contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.