The Tour de Hives will engage, educate and enchant you with a first-hand look at honey bees in hives across the city, guided by the humans who tend them.
On Sunday, June 26th, join us for a bicycle tour of apiaries in Somerville, Malden, and Medford, followed by a picnic lunch. Come celebrate the bees with us.
Apiaries Featured On The Tour Include
Site A: First-year Backyard Beekeeper First-year beekeeper Carl Palme will show his hive, discuss how he got started, and answer basic questions about hive management for newbees
Site B: Tufts University – Honey Bee Research See the different life stages of honey bees through the glass of observation hives, and learn from Tufts University PhD candidate Rachael Bonoan about her work linking honey bee nutrition to brood development
Site C: Tufts University – Native Pollinator Research See the inner workings of bumble bee hives and learn from Tufts University PhD candidate Kelsey Graham about her research on the impact of the invasive wool carder bee on native pollinators
Site D: Community-owned Backyard Flow Hive Check out the new hive design that last year inspired the sixth-most successful crowdfunding campaign EVER. Hear perspectives from a group of beekeepers who are giving it a try this season while implementing shared hive ownership and management.
Site E: Seasoned Backyard Beekeeper Experienced backyard beekeeper Carl Puglisi will cover topics including successful overwintering strategies, mite prevention, and splitting hives Site F: Groundwork Somerville Visit honeybees and native pollinators at the Somerville South St. farm and hear about how they fit into Groundwork Somerville’s work in community education and engagement.
Each group will visit 3 of the above sites.
Please contact us if the suggested early-bird registration fee of $25 is prohibitive for you. Any proceeds raised will bee reinvested in education & outreach initiatives by the BABA (formerly Boston Beekeepers Club).
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors!