Fletcher and Mary Colpitts return to the Albert County Museum on May 29 to share their expertise on beekeeping. Fletcher is a third generation beekeeper, and maintains 100 hives of his own. He works for the Department of Agriculture as the Chief Apiary Inspector. Fletcher and his wife Mary will be teaching the basics of beekeeping and giving hands-on demonstrations of how to operate a honey bee colony. They will focus on such topics as the hives, equipment, hive health and safety around bees.
There is a limit of 40 participants, and preregistration is required. The fee for the workshop is $40, non-refundable, and includes lunch and refreshments.
You may register online by clicking the Add to Cart button below. You will be directed to a PayPal page, where you can specify the number of tickets desired. You don’t need a PayPal account – just click the “Don’t have a PayPal Account” link, and enter your credit card information. Alternatively, you may register by contacting Elizabeth at [email protected] or by phone at 875-5841.
At this workshop Alyson will discuss ways to work with Mother Nature to design a healthy and natural garden, including beneficial insects, companion planting, and other weed management tools. She will cover common challenges faced by organic gardeners and what to do about them, including preventing problems before they happen, using a variety of weed management tools and more.
Alyson is not from a farm but worked on farms in Canada and overseas, eventually joining a group of people in Abbotsford, BC, to form a co-op and buy and run an organic vegetable farm. She ran her own business there selling salad greens and eggs for almost 10 years before meeting Will and moving to NB to run their own farm in McKees Mills, Windy Hill Farm. Now Alyson and Will run a 100 member CSA, sell their vegetables at a farmer’s market and also raise goats for meat and milk. Alyson teaches an organic gardening course in Moncton each spring to anyone interested in learning how to get started in organic vegetable growing.
The workshop will start with a short presentation indoors at the Forest Dale Nursing Home followed by some hands-on time in the community garden. There will be light refreshments. This workshop will be free/pay what you can, with a suggested donation of 10$. To register, please send the name, phone number and email address of each participant registering to Elizabeth at [email protected] or you can contact her at 875-5841.