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Reaping the Rewards: Harvesting Honey at Brooklyn Grange

s in our apiculture series is undoubtedly the most delicious: Honey Harvest!  

There's no classroom component to this hands-on course.  Instead, we'll head right on up to the rooftop apiary, where participants will first learn how to differentiate between unripe nectar and honey that is ready to harvest.  Once we've determined that the bees have finished their work and the honey has thickened to a stable viscosity, bee keeper Tim Cerniglia will show us how to remove the bees from the honey manually.

There's no classroom component to this hands-on course.  Instead, we'll head right on up to the rooftop apiary, where participants will first learn how to differentiate between unripe nectar and honey that is ready to harvest.  Once we've determined that the bees have finished their work and the honey has thickened to a stable viscosity, bee keeper Tim Cerniglia will show us how to remove the bees from the honey manually.

From there, we'll move into the extraction room where participants will uncap frames of honey for extraction; extract honey with a centrifugal honey extractor; filter and jar the honey, and take part in a honey tasting.  This tasting is the ultimate palate training: the different properties and taste profiles of different nectar sources are immediately apparent in honey, which is arguably even more terroir-expressive than wine.  You'll leave a regular connoisseur of this sweet, sticky substance, and you'll never take a teaspoon of honey for granted again.

The class will start with a presentation inside in our new indoor events space on the 11th floor of BLDG 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll then move upstairs to the farm to work with the bee hive.

Earlier Event: August 20
Backyard Beekeeping 101
Later Event: September 11
Honey Week - Intro to Beekeeping Workshop