Intro to Bee Keeping Workshop Nov 3rd

Learn beekeeping basics


PRI Kenya is hosting the very first half day Intro to bee keeping workshop this year. This course is being facilitated by Permaculture practitioner and passionate beekeeper, Uche Kaigwa on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30am – 1pm at the PRI Kenya office grounds in the Nairobi Arboretum. This course is open to not only  anyone interested in learning about beekeeping as a hobby or as a commercial enterprise BUT most importantly, also bees role in nature as pollinators. Much emphasis will be put on this as the key objective.

Why Keep Bees?

Bees are a permaculturist’s dream. Firstly, they pollinate many of the native and introduced plants in our gardens and the countryside. Secondly, they improve the pollination rate of many farm crops. Indeed some farmers pay for the privilege of having beehives on their land.

In permaculture, people work toward agricultural systems that become more and more efficient. Sustainable beekeeping is just one front in the field of agriculture that demands our attention in this modern age for every 3rd bite of food we consume is a result of pollination. With a combination of gentle husbandry methods and creating permaculture inspired gardens and orchards, the success of sustainable beekeeping is possible.

Honeybees are incredibly important in pollinating many agricultural crops, so they are vital to sustaining the food supply.  Most people do not understand how critical honeybees, solitary bees, and other pollinators are to agriculture.

This class is all about bees and their role in in nature as pollinators as well as domestic beekeeping  for personal & commercial use. This intro course is designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony.

This intro course will include:
1. Importance of bees as natural pollinators
2. Different pollinators
3. Bee botany
4. Intro to the honeybee
5. Different hives
6. Beekeeping equipment demos and  harvesting bee products, again minus praticals
7. Group walk and talk; how to set up hives to catch bees on the grounds at Arboretum

About the facilitator:

Uche Kaigwa 

Image may contain: 1 person, closeupUche is a permaculure practitioner, coffee farmer and passionate beekeeper. He completed his Permaculture Design Certification PDC Course with PRI Kenya in partnership with the University Of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2013. Uche has successfully kept bees for mostly domestic honey production and pollinating commercial farm produce.
He teaches these classes to a large part because he believes bees are an important tool in the conservation of biodiversity and the environment, not to mention bees are also a permaculturist’s dream to integrate at any scale!

Where: Nairobi Arboretum, Tree Centre

When: Saturday November 3rd,  2018

Cost: KES 3,000 (inclusive of tea break) – optional, BYO healthy pot luck lunch



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