DIY MEAD MAKING CLASS
Wednesday, December 6, 6:00-8:30pm
Cost: $30

There's nothing like harvesting your own honey, pickling your own vegetables, juicing your own apples. Take your homesteading skills to the next level and start homebrewing today! Participants will learn how about supplies and recipes needed for any home- mead, cider and wine making, and then dive into the magical history of mead itself. Everyone will take home a half gallon of homemade, bubbling mead and a mead making zine written by Henry and Kathleen.

Henry Read is a local cidermaker, most recently at Bold Rock, now living on a community homestead in Candler, NC, where he cares for a herd of dairy goats and is in the process of rehabbing a decades old apple and pear orchard. Kathleen Soriano Taylor is one of the many worker bees at Wild Mountain Bees. Her top bar hives are currently at Henry's homestead in Candler, soaking up the sun right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Together, the pair recently traveled across Western Europe, leaving bubbling brews, meads, champagnes, and ciders in the basements, cellars and attics of many a newly made friend, while learning about the Old World traditions of cidermaking.


Spring 2018 Classes to Look Out For:

 

BEEGINNER BEEKEEPING

~ Check back with us in Spring 2018!


This class will offer a whirlwind of info from hive placement to season long management. You will also receive a handout of month by month management tips specifically for our region. The lecture will be followed at a later date by a hands-on in hive session which you will find invaluable in gaining comfort and confidence when approaching and working your colonies. Classes will be taught by Sarah McKinney, the owner of Wild Mountain Bees, and are a wonderful addition to any other bee schools or classes you may have the opportunity to attend.

 

HANDS-ON IN HIVE SESSION (this is included with the Beeginner Beekeeping Class, but can also be taken separately)

Hands-on session followed by some Q & A. Call the store to reserve your spot for a 2 hour slot on the date listed above. You can also take the hands-on portion without the lecture if space allows.

 

BEAR FENCING 101
 ~ TBA for 2018 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

"Why I ain't never seen no bear round here." Experienced Beekeeper: "Just wait til yah put out the buffet neighbor...
"

Its a fact folks, bear populations are increasing in WNC and expanding into new territories. Your bees are not immune to the ravages of these hungry critters on a high lonely mountain or in downtown Asheville. Learn how to protect your investment (and the bears) with an electric fence. We will discuss location, solar, battery powered, and A/C plug in chargers, fencing materials and installation and most importantly grounding.

 

MAKING INCREASE (NUCS & SPLITS)~ TBA for 2018

Want to become more self-sustaining in your apiary? Tired of buying bees year after year? Learn the alchemy of making new colonies from your strong ones to increase your numbers and/or cover your losses before they happen. We will also discuss utilizing natural swarm cells, re-queening, and wintering nucleus colonies. Sarah McKinney will be teaching this lecture and demonstration class for intermediate and advanced beekeepers (or the occasional well read beginner!).

 

TOP BAR BEEKEEPING (with Top Bar Tom)
 ~ TBA for 2018

This class will be a fine intro for beginners as well as intermediate level top bar enthusiast and will include practical hands-on in hive time. Tom is a great presenter and champion of simple sustainable beekeeping. 



WE SELL TOP BAR HIVES MADE LOCALLY WITH LOCAL LUMBER AND LOVE.

 

BEEKEEPING WITH KIDS ~ TBA for 2018

Excellent opportunity to connect with your kids and train the future stewards of our honeybees. This is a parent/child class with fun, games, storytelling, and a live observation hive. Class will be taught by Sarah McKinney her daughter Zoe, and son Willow. For ages 5 to 14+ (NOTE: mature kids/teens may prefer an adult class.)


 

 

HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM THE HIVE: BODY BUTTERS

$40 ~TBA ~ 10am-2pm

 

COLD PROCESSING SOAPS

$35 ~ TBA ~ 10am-1pm

 


More classes to come on advanced management techniques, queen rearing, candle-making, and more! 

We sell high-quality, competitively priced, field-tested fence chargers and bear fencing supplies. 

Advanced payment is required to reserve your spot as classes always fill up fast.

Make sure to check your calendar as class fees are non-refundable if you fail to attend.
 

Email: wildmtnbees@gmail.com, call: 828-484-9466 or drop by the store to reserve your spot.

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