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Upcoming Events

Find us at the Saturday Morning Market  in downtown St. Petersburg on the first and third Saturdays of the month.  We will have pure Pinellas honey, and handmade from gifts of the hive: balms, soaps, and lotions.

 

Past Events

We will be selling honey, balms, and lotions in downtown St. Pete at LOCALTOPIA – Keep Saint Petersburg Local’s 2-Year Anniversary Event

“A Community Celebration of All Things Local”

Saturday, February 1, 2014  •  11 am to 7 pm

WILLIAMS PARK – 330 2nd Avenue North, 33701

http://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/localtopia

 

Beekeeping class – possibly beginning in early February and running 5 weeks to get you ready to start your own hives in early spring.  Email rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com if you are interested!!

Natural Probiotic Soda / Water Kefir Workshop, Friday, October 4th, 2013 6:30 pm at Kapok Pilates & Wellness, 908 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater Learn how to make your own refreshing, bubbly soda containing over forty strains of probiotics (over 6 times more than yogurt) using water kefir. Water kefir is a traditional probiotic culture, grown and cared for by many generations who used it to ferment sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating drink – the precursor to modern day soda. In the class we will taste different recipes including ginger ale, bottle a fermented batch, and you will start a batch of water kefir to take home and ferment your own healthy drinks. Water kefir is self propagating so once you have the basics you can make your own sodas indefinitely. *Please bring to class a glass quart jar with lid for your first batch of water kefir.* Workshop is $30 per person. Contact Emily Wenzel at bodyandmind@ymail.com or 727-365-8574 to register at Kapok Pilates & Wellness

Humans and Honey bees
Rebecca will share the importance of honey bees in our lives and local environment. In our urban world honey bees connect us with the flowers and life around us. She will talk about how you can take a direct role in connecting with the world through honey bees. Since humans and honey bees have a long and intertwined history she believes that having them around you is intrinsically beneficial.
 
Circus McGurkis: GMO’s
 Genetically modified organisms are in your food.  Most likely, you unknowingly eat them everyday. We will talk about the health and environmental effects of GMO’s.  GMO’s are not currently labeled so Rebecca will share a list of the foods which are GM and talk about how to avoid eating them and how to stop supporting their use by buying them. 
Humans and Honeybees, Sunday, November 4th, 3:15 pm at Nathan’s Garden 5305 – 20th St. N St. Petersburg 33714
I will share the importance of honey bees in our lives and local environment.  In our urban world honey bees connect us with the flowers and life around us.  I will talk about how you can take a direct role in connecting with the world through honey bees.  Since humans and honey bees have a long and intertwined history I believe that having them around you is intrinsically beneficial.

Natural Probiotic Soda / Water Kefir Workshop, Thursday, May 31st, 7-9 pm  in Redington Shores

Learn how to make your own refreshing, bubbly soda containing over forty strains of probiotics (over 6 times more than yogurt) using water kefir.  Water kefir is a traditional probiotic culture, grown and cared for by many generations who used it to ferment sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating drink – the precursor to modern day soda.  In the class we will taste different recipes including ginger ale, bottle a fermented batch, and you will start a batch of water kefir to take home and ferment your own healthy drinks. Water kefir is self propagating so once you have the basics you can make your own sodas indefinitely.     *Please bring to class a glass quart jar with lid for your first batch of water kefir.*  Workshop is $25 per person.  Contact  rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com or 727-688-9069 to register and for directions.

Fermentation Workshop, Saturday, March 3rd, 2-4 pm at Nathan’s Garden 5305 – 20th St. N St. Petersburg 33714

This time of year I am in the process of fermenting the abundance that my garden is supplying. For this class I will have some ferments ready to taste and fresh veggies for us to prepare them so you can experience the full circle of making and eating them.  We will taste and make lacto-fermented beet kvass, ginger carrots, and sauerkraut.  Traditional cultures ate fermented food with practically every meal.  They are loaded with healthy, immune supportive probiotics.  Fermenting is also a way to preserve food while retaining and often increasing the nutritional value.  You will have recipes and know what to expect them to taste like after this class so you can get them into your diet!  Bring an organic cabbage and wide mouth quart jar if you’d like to start your own sauerkraut to take home.
Due the the preparation needed for ferments we must have pre-registerd attendees by Friday, Feb 24th.  Workshop is $25 per person.  To register email rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com or call 727-688-9069
Beginning Beekeeping, starting January 27th at 7 pm, at The Sanctuary Acupuncture 5111 Central Ave. St. Petersburg 33711 #727-422-6945 

If you are interested in getting some honeybees of your own this will get you started in time for spring.  Join us for a series of three Friday evening classes on the very basics of beekeeping.  Becoming a beekeeper starts with study, progresses to setting up your hives boxes and then getting bees.  However the learning never ends and you will find beekeepers who have been doing this 60 years and are still surprised and inspired by the bees.

When: Three Friday evenings 7 – 8:30pm, January 27th, February 3rd and 10th Cost: Self-determined donations based on your feelings of value and fairness will be gratefully accepted but are not required.

Register: email rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com with your name, contact info, and number attending.

Benefits of Lacto-fermentation, Feb 5th 2:30-3:30 at Nathan’s Garden: 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Did you know that there are more non-human cells in your body than human ones?  Most of these cells are ‘probiotics’ – beneficial bacteria, yeasts, and other microorganisms that we couldn’t live without.  Traditional cultures knew about this and ate fermented foods with practically every meal.  Come discuss the wonder of eating lacto-fermented foods to assist your body in balancing its inner ecology.  No registration needed for this talk.

Basic Soap Making Workshop

Date: Saturday February 11, 2011
Time: 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Place: Geraldson Community Farm  1401 99th St NW  Bradenton, FL 34209
Cost: $30

In this class you will learn the technique of making cold process soap and take home a bar we make to try. We will discuss the chemistry of soap and the properties various oils impart to homemade soap as well as some very useful internet resources. Once you have the basics you will be limited only by your imagination.

Register for SOAP MAKING by filling out the form at: http://www.geraldsoncommunityfarm.org/getinvolved/events.html

Healthy Soda/Water Kefir– Saturday, December 10th, 3 to 4:30 pm

Join us to learn how to make your own refreshing, bubbly soda containing over forty strains of probiotics (over 6 times more than yogurt) using water kefir.  Water kefir is a traditional probiotic culture, grown and cared for by many generations who used it to ferment sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating drink – the precursor to modern-day soda.  In the class we will taste different recipes including ginger ale, bottle a fermented batch, and you will start a batch of water kefir to take home and ferment your own healthy drinks. Water kefir is self-propagating so once you have the basics you can make your own sodas indefinitely.  Bring to class a glass quart jar with lid for your first batch of water kefir.

This workshop is $25 per person and is taught in Redington Shores, FL.  To register email rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com

Natural Body Care WorkshopFriday, December 9th – 7-9 pm

Learn how to make you own personal care items – basics like shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste to lotions and balms.  In the class you’ll make your own lotion, balm, and toothpaste to take home to try and we’ll discuss deodorant, scrubs, and other body care basics.  Making these things yourself from simple ingredients and being free from factory made, highly marketed and packaged “products” is super empowering, healthy and economical.  During the holidays I like to make up little gift bags of these to give as presents too.

This workshop is $25 per person and is taught in Redington Shores, FL.  To register email rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com

Mead (Honey Wine) – Saturday, August 20th – 1:30-3:30 pm

Learn to make mead, traditional honey wine.  Wine is best when aged and from brewing to table takes from 6 months to a year and a half but we will work with it in various stages so you can learn the entire process.  In this hands-on class we will start a batch of mead using local honey and perhaps fruit we have gathered.  We will then bottle up a five gallon carboy which has been aging for a year and finally we will open a finished wine which has been in the bottle 6  months to taste.  Workshop will include an instruction sheet, verbal, and visual explanation and sources of all materials and equipment necessary to get you started making your own fruit wine or mead.  Fruit wines you could make include elderberry, mulberry, java plum, grape, orange, grapefruit, key lime, pear, peach, banana, strawberry, with additions of saw palmetto or other medicinal plants and really any fruit you can gather.

This class will be taught by my mom – Gail Conroy who began the journey of wine making over 15 years ago with Welch’s grape juice, now she has become an expert on preserving our local fruit harvests and honey by turning them into wonderful, unique wines and meads.