May 22, 2013
Contact: Stacey Cedergren
Calgary is a-BUZZ on Urban Beekeeping
Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C) has been dedicated to offering educational programming in urban beekeeping in Calgary for four years. This year will be the biggest year in urban beekeeping yet. Bringing in 96 colonies of bees to Calgary, hosting the Day of the Honeybee in conjunction with Hillhurst-Sunnyside Farmers Market, launching the Bees4Communities Program in partnership with Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Forage Foods, Calgary Food Tours and Downtown Food, as well as debuting our Home2Hive Bicycle Tours throughout the summer.
We would like to invite you to attend:
A.B.C’s Honeybee Distribution Day on May 26th from 11-3pm
– We will be distributing over 96 colonies to over 100 urban beekeepers and doing a hive demonstration!
Day of the Honeybee event at HSCA Farmers Market on May 29th from 3-7, with a FREE documentary showing of Queen of the Sun from 7:30-9:30pm.
– We will be giving away honey, information about beekeeping and honeybees, a fun photo booth and honeybee crafts for the kids.
Home2hive Bicycle Tour is a fun bi-monthly after work event that allows up to 10 people to come and see an inside look at urban beekeeping here in Calgary. Viewing yards and opening up urban hives, these bicycle tours allow for Calgarians to check off beekeeping from their bucket-list. Once a month, there are Special Foodie Bicycle Tours, where we team-up with our B4C partners to offer an unique experience of Bees, Cocktails and Canapé’s. More information at www.backyardbees.ca/courses
We are launching our Bees4Communities Program, where A.B.C manages honeybees for Calgary Food Tours, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Forage Foods, and Downtown Food. They receive monthly report cards on their hives’ health as well as gain the honey surplus to share with their clients. In return, these colonies are used as educational tools in training the public in urban beekeeping in A.B.C’s Home2Hive Bicycle Tours. More information about these programs, and others like it, can be found here: http://www.backyardbees.ca/bees/b4c