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PATCH CAN’s Beekeeping Workshop A Huge Success!

PATCH CAN Beekeeping Workshop

On, Saturday, October 31, PATCH CAN held a Beekeeping Workshop at the Dania Beach PATCH located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, Florida.  The atmosphere was “buzzing” with excitement as attendees of all ages learned about keeping healthy bees.

Participants learned about Beekeeping and the importance of bees for the environment and its ecosystems.  They also learned that managed hives were safer than unmanaged colonies, especially in densely populated urban areas.

PATCH CAN Beekeeping WorkshopPresenters at the Workshop included David Westervelt, Caitlin Gill & Roger Blanco from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection. Dan Novak and other members of The Broward Beekeepers Association were on hand to answer questions and presented a live hive demonstration.

There were sessions discussing hive building, bee nutrition, bee diseases & pest management.  The live bee demonstration that was well received by those attending the workshop as well as volunteers on the Urban Farm and customers at the weekly Farmer’s Market!

The City of Dania Beach CRA (Community Redevelopment Authority) generously provided a delicious lunch.  The event attended by over 25 people ranging in age from 4 to 75. Workshop attendees came from as far as Loxahatchee to learn about how to keep bees on their property.

PATCH CAN is part of a Local Food Promotion Grant administered through the TOUCH Initiative at the Broward Regional Health Planning Council.  PATCH CAN works to bring growers, distributors, educators and food-based cottage industries together in an effort to bring a locally grown foods to consumers.  The next PATCH CAN event is a “Growing Workshop” scheduled in mid-November.  For information about PATCH CAN, please contact, Jaime Castoro at jcastoro@brhpc.org.

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