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Bee Keepers Tasks and Responsibilities

$10

with Dan Donnelly

Calendar Mar 11, 2018 at 1 pm

Bee Keepers Tasks and Responsibitlies
March 11, 2018
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Tuition:$10

Come listen to expert beekeeper Dan Donnelly as he explains the basics of bee biology, identifying honeybees in the hive; Responsible beekeeping monitoring, maintaining hive health and cover bee diseases. Record keeping and season calendar planning will be discussed along with any questions and other important tasks and responsibilites. 

About the Instructor: Dan Donnelly retired from a position with the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2007 after 32 years managing audiovisual collections and services. Upon retirement Dan took up keeping honeybees near Afton, MN. In 2011 Dan took a position with the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota where he managed 40 colonies of honeybees for an experiment investigating the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on colony health. Since then Dan has continued raising honeybees in the Afton area. Three years ago Dan and his wife Marjorie moved to the Isabella area and began to explore opportunities for raising honeybees in the woods. Dan started the Ely Area Bee Club to help beekeepers share ideas and information.The club plays a vital role in helping those interested in honeybees learn about keeping bees and the diverse roles, bees and other insect pollinators play in all our lives.

Create a Milk Pollinator Jug

$10

with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 4 pm

Milk Pollinator Jug
March 10, 2018
4:00 Pm- 5:00 PM

Tuition:$10

Help provide food for pollinators by making a planter filled with seeds that you can plant in the ground in the spring. The planter will be stored ouside in a snowbank until the seeds sprout and the frost danger has passed. All materials will be supplied. This class is great for adults and children. Help Save the Bees. 

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. Working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Ely Area Bee Club she has obtained seed packets that contain a mix of pollinator seed. She'd love to have these seeds planted in your gardens!

Honey Tasting

$40

with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 2 pm

Honey Tasting
March 10, 2018
2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Tuition: $15 Matrials: $25

Good honey is just as layered and complex as wine, chocolate, and olive oil.  Become a honey connoisseur by tasting several different honeys and describing their different accents.  Honey from many locations around the world will be available for tasting.  The different grades of honey will be covered in this class, along with what foods to pair with honey.  There will also be a presentation on how honeybees make honey. Come taste the difference that each honey bee can make. 

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. Working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Ely Area Bee Club, she has obtained seed packets that contain a mix of pollinator seed. She teaches the Milk Jug Pollinator class as well.

Integrated Pest Management

$10

with Kathy Cyriacks

Calendar Mar 11, 2018 at 11 am

Integrated Pest Management
Sunday March 11, 2018
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to insect pest control. The presentation will highlight the many ways our beneficial insects are vulnerable to current gardening practices, and how to you can easily create a landscape that is a safe, chemical-free, beacon for bees and pollinators, while protecting people, property, pets, pollinators, and the environment from exposure to chemical insecticides.

About the Instructor: Kathy Cyriacks owner and operator of Gracie's Plant Works alongside Patty Richter they have provided organic vegetable plants and gardening for those concerned with preserving heritage varieties and reducing their impact on the world since 2003. In the last seven years they have incorporated flower annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs. The focus has remained on chemical free growing and controlling insect infestation through integrated pest management strategy. 

Langstroth Hive Demo

$10

with Dan Donnelly

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 12 pm

Langstroth Hive Demo
March 10,2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Tuition: $10

A brief history Langstroth Hive, why it works and why it's been around ever since it was introduced in the mid-19th century. Dan will bring in a fully built hive box and an unbuilt box to demonstrate the beekeepers option to save money building their own hives. 

About the Instructor: Dan Donnelly retired from a position with the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2007 after 32 years managing audiovisual collections and services. Upon retirement Dan took up keeping honeybees near Afton, MN. In 2011 Dan took a position with the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota where he managed 40 colonies of honeybees for an experiment investigating the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on colony health. Since then Dan has continued raising honeybees in the Afton area. Three years ago Dan and his wife Marjorie moved to the Isabella area and began to explore opportunities for raising honeybees in the woods. Dan started the Ely Area Bee Club to help beekeepers share ideas and information.The club plays a vital role in helping those interested in honeybees learn about keeping bees and the diverse roles, bees and other insect pollinators play in all our lives.

Milk Jug Pollinator Planter

$10

with Deb Funk

Calendar Feb 5, 2018 at 3 pm

Milk Jug Pollinator Planter
Monday, February 5th
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Help provide food for pollinators by making a planter filled with seeds that you can plant in the ground in the spring. The planter will be stored ouside in a snowbank until the seeds sprout and the frost danger has passed. All materials will be supplied. This class is great for adults and children. Help Save the Bees. 

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. Working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Ely Area Bee Club has obtained seed packets that contain a mix of pollinator seed. She'd love to have these seeds planted in your gardens!

Save the Bees Weekend
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Save the Bees Weekend

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Calendar Mar 9, 2018

Join the Ely Folk School as we devout a weekend to the Bees!

Event filled weekend to help inform and learn all about Bees and what they do for us and our environment. We couldn't bee here without them. 

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Sustainable Living: Open Forum

Free

with Andy Hill

Calendar Feb 8, 2018 at 7 pm

Sustainable Living: Open Forum
Thursday, February 8, 2018

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Tuition: Free

The Sustainable Living Forum will include presentations and discussion to extend your awareness and thinking about how to live more sustainably without costing you a fortune. There are many choices you can put in motion at little cost and little or no effort. Bring your ideas to share with others and watch them expand. Learn from Andy and from each other.

This is also an opportunity to ask questions about the appliances you’re interested in installing: furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, heat pumps, water-fed air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers.

About the Instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable practices in his off-the-grid homestead and garden for many years and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! He teaches our Sustainable Living classes including the basics of photo voltaic solar panels and has installed several systems in the Ely area. Andy is a valued folk school volunteer and student reviews of Andy’s classes are always positive.

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