National Honey Bee Day: Saturday, August 18th 10a-6p, FREE
On August 18th, join Colony Urban Farm as we celebrate National Honey Bee Day to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat. We take this opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations. We also pay homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure we have bees to pollinate our crops.
During this fun (free!) event, you can meet & mingle with local beekeepers, participate in honey & special dessert tastings and view our observation hive with live bees. We will also have special treats from local business partners, live music and more! Children are encouraged to participate in our Kids Art & Coloring Contest.
Kid's Art & Coloring Contest: August 8th-18th (FREE)
Between 8/8 - National Honey Bee Day on 8/18, children of all ages are invited to participate in our Kid's Art & Coloring Contest by submitting their original artworks that honor bees & beekeepers. The rules are, that there are (almost) no rules! Creativity is encouraged, and your kids may use any medium and materials they desire. We do ask that no bees (or other animals/insects) are harmed and that you keep submissions within a manageable size. **Please make sure all submissions are marked with your child's full name and your contact phone number** There are also free coloring pages available at the store if you want to participate without going crazy.
Our Staff will evaluate the submissions and select three winners, each of whom will receive a Large Jar of Fool's Gold Premium Southern Wildflower Honey, a $10 Colony Urban Farm Gift Card, their artwork displayed throughout the month of August and coveted Bragging Rights!
Entry is free and no purchase is required to win.
Cool Season Gardening: Multiple Dates, $10
If you want to keep your veggie harvest going well into the fall & winter,this workshop is for you. The class will be taught by Luke Wofford (affectionately called "Farmer Luke"), who you likely know from visiting us at the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or via his Starbright Farm produce stand at the Pfafftown Farmer's Market.
During the class, Luke will discuss the basics of organic and biointensive farming, with a focus on bed prep, fall & winter gardening,pest control, soil health, local resources and more. Luke will provide all of the tips & tricks that he uses at his own farm to ensure a successful garden.
Three dates to choose from: August 30th, September 6th or September 13th from 7:15p-8:45p. You can register via EventBrite by clicking HERE, or we are also accepting registrations in-store if you wish to avoid the EventBrite payment processing fees.
Beekeeping for Beginners: Wednesday Evenings August 29-September 12, $75.
Beekeeping is a fun and rewarding experience, and whether you are looking for a new hobby or simply want to help your garden thrive, this workshop will provide the knowledge you need to begin.
The course will be taught by Colony Urban Farm co-founder and certified beekeeper Josh Pietrafeso. Together, we will discuss the important basic aspects of beekeeping from bee biology and social structure, to equipment, inspections, hive management, pest control and honey extraction.
Since we understand how busy life can get, the course is designed for working adults and those without much spare time. The three classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings on August 29th, September 5th and September 12th each from 7:15p-9pm.
The $75 registration fee includes a textbook which is packed with the information you will need to continue your learning, as well as mentoring opportunities and advice from experienced beekeepers. You will also be welcome to attend a future bee yard day in our own apiary. Registration can be completed by clicking HERE, and we are accepting in-store registrations if you wish to avoid the Eventbrite payment processing fees.
Intermediate Beekeeping, Tuesday Evenings August 28-September 11, $30.
Have you started the journey of beekeeping and now have one thousand questions? We've been there!
This course is designed to pick up where our Beginning Series leaves off. New beekeepers will get the chance to ask all of the questions that have come up during your new beekeeping endeavor. This is a discussion-based class where Colony Urban Farm co-founder and Certified Beekeeper Josh Pietrafeso will cover more advanced aspects and techniques that allow beekeepers with all levels of experience to maintain healthy colonies, maximize honey production and minimize dangerous and invasive pests.
Participants are encouraged to bring all questions, photos and challenges that you wish to share with the group. The three classes will be held on the following Tuesday evenings from 7:15p-9:00p: August 28th, September 4th and September 11th. Registration can be completed by clicking HERE, and we are also accpeting registrations in store if you wish to avoid the EventBrite payment fees.