Public Programs in Chicago
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Want to enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden ALL YEAR LONG? Learn how to choose and use low-cost methods to extend your growing season, including cold frames and hoop houses, succession planting, variety selection and more.
Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard? YES! Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago - and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Chicken care experts share tips on how to keep both your chickens and your neighbors happy - from basic needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations.
Learn about the fascinating life of bees, see our urban beehives, and prepare to start a hive of your own. You’ll leave ready to select and order equipment, set up a hive, install the bees, and tend and inspect a hive. We’ll taste a variety of honeys and other products from the hive. This is the first of two workshops designed to prepare you to keep bees in the city.
Beekeeping II: Harvest and Winter Care
New and returning beekeepers will learn methods for harvesting, extracting, and bottling honey. Additional topics include organic disease control, and preparing the hive for winter. We’ll do a full hive checkup (weather permitting) and taste urban honey fresh from the comb.
Products from the Beehive
Did you know that honeybees produce substances with healing properties? In this session, you'll learn how to use honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen for body care and natural healthcare. You'll experience the luscious smells, tastes, and textures of bee products and choose a recipe to try in class. Leave with new ideas for personal use or to make as gifts.