MARCH 2019

Intro To Natural Beekeeping

Instructor: Yasir Cross

Date: Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Time 10am-3pm

Location: Soul Flower Farm

Cost: $75 (no-one turned away for lack of funds)


Join Yasir as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this class with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to set up your own backyard beehive.  The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

This bee-friendly method aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy

contented bees, and superb raw honey!


Topics to be covered in class:

-The history of beehives

-Beekeeping in Bay area climate

-Biology of the honey bee

-Natural comb vs. manufactured comb

-The People's Hive (text included with class)


-Buying bees hives and equipment

-Building your natural hive

-Permaculture and biodynamic beekeeping strategies

-Urban beekeeping

-Harvesting honey and comb

-Homemade extractor

-Medicinal honey use

*We provide tea and a vegetarian lunch.


APRIL  2019

Advanced Beekeeping

Instructor: Yasir Cross

Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Time 10am-3pm

Location: Soul Flower Farm

Price: $75 (Scholarship/work trade available)


Recap of into to natural beekeeping

Principles and philosophy behind methods

Artificial swarming

Queen rearing

Extraction: when and how to

Honey and waxed harvesting

Permaculture and broad-acre beekeeping apprenticeship

*Incudes a farm fresh homemade vegetarian lunch and herbal tea




Wild Medicine:

Local Wild Edibles and Medicinal Herb Walk

Instructor: Maya Blow

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Time: 1-4pm

Location: Soul Flower Farm

Cost: $40

Materials: $15


Many of our most common garden weeds contain highly valuable medicinal properties that can heal you on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  These wayside weeds living  around us posses special nutritional and healing powers that often surpass cultivated plants.  In this class we will spend the afternoon identifying some of our green allies on the farm, both wild and cultivated.  We will make some fresh plant field medicine and learn simple first aid tricks using plants we harvest along the way.  Learn to identify and use wild local, edible and medicinal plants on this herb walk with Maya. Come with all your questions and we'll dive in!