Homeward Bound of Marin Apiary, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949

Workshops will be led by Bill Tomaszewski

Buzz with us for a dynamic 2-hour beekeeping workshop at our educational apiary in Novato! As with all Planet Bee programs, prepare for hands-on engagement, learning, and loads of fun. Whether you’re new to beekeeping or have some experience, you’re sure to experience something new. Workshops will be led by master beekeeper, Bill Tomaszewski, who has over 18 years of experience working with honey bees. During workshops, we will:

  • Begin with a brief lecture on the important of honey bees and relevant beekeeping topics such as beekeeping equipment, hive placement, life inside the hive, pest & disease management, honey harvesting, and overwintering your hive.

  • Hop into real beekeeping suits and get up-close and personal with our fuzzy friends, as we open a hive and locate the wax cells, pollen, brood, and of course the honey!

  • Cheese and honey tasting: Taste fresh, local honey straight from the hive, the sweetest reward of beekeeping! This honey will be paired with delicious cheeses!

  • End with a informative Q & A session.

We provide all beekeeping suits, gloves, and beekeeping equipment. Just make sure to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

*Classes are limited to 25 participants. First come, first serve. All others will be placed on a waiting list.

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Next Date:

October 12, 2019 @ 2pm-4pm

October 19, 2019 @ 2pm-4pm


About Bill Tomaszewski

Bill is a master beekeeper with over 18 years of beekeeping experience. As co-founder of Planet Bee, he manages hives at several apiaries throughout the Bay Area and has led countless workshops on any aspect of beekeeping you can imagine, from bee installation to harvesting honey. It is his joy to introduce people to the incredible world of beekeeping through up-close and one-of-a-kind experiences. His style is very fluid and participant focused, with an emphasis on having fun!