West 104th Street Garden

July 29, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting/Beekeeping events at Brooklyn Commons

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 9:17 am

If you’re interested in rainwater harvesting or beekeeping, check out these workshops and visit http://thecommonsbrooklyn.org for our full calendar and for more details.

RAINWATER HARVESTING Part 1: presentation with Q&A
Saturday, July 31, 1-3:30 p.m.

RAINWATER HARVESTING Part 2: hands-on workshop
Sunday, August 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This two-part class, taught by Tyler Caruso, a student at Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, can be taken in combination or separately.
$15 for Saturday alone; $40 for Sunday alone; $50 for both (suggested; pay what you can)

The Saturday afternoon presentation will provide an overview of rainwater harvesting: techniques, active and passive methods of water collection, history, best management practices, and applicability to conserving rainfall as a natural resource.

The Sunday workshop is geared towards do-it-yourself types who want to learn about installing their own rainwater harvesting systems. During lunch there will be an opportunity to meet individually to discuss your rainwater plans and projects.


This three-part series, taught by the knowledgeable and entertaining James Fischer from the Gotham City Honey Co-op and the NYC Beekeepers Meetup, can be attended as a set or separately. $6 each or two for $10 or three for $15 (suggested; pay what you can)

Session 1: What’s the Buzz?
Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m.

-Why keep bees, who keeps bees, how people keep bees
-Beekeepers’ year: what happens when
-What newbies ought to know

Session 2: Hive Inspection
Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m.

-How to inspect a hive and what’s happening at this time of year

Session 3: Overview of Bee Behavior, Pests and Diseases
Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m.

Understanding the behavior of bees is crucial to nearly every aspect of beekeeping. If you don’t understand their instinctive goals and correctly interpret their actions, you will be working against, rather than with them. Merely keeping one’s bees alive requires vigilance on the part of the beekeeper, but the good news is that New York is separated by the Hudson River from the US mainland, so we have a chance at controlling diseases and pests in NYC if we work together.


The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn

If you have questions, contact melissa@thecommonsbrooklyn.org


A, C and G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Bergen Street; B, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Atlantic-Pacific; LIRR to Flatbush Avenue; B63 and B65

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