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Garden for the Environment: Beginning Beekeeping: The Basics and Focus on Urban Beekeeping

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Whether you’re already keeping bees or simply curious about what beekeeping involves, there will be something for you in this class. We’ll cover the basics on bees, the progress of bees through the seasons, how to keep bees healthy, and what to look for at this time of year. We’ll also talk about swarming, pest management, and more.

The class will also address special concerns of urban beekeeping. Are there city or county restrictions on beekeeping where you live? How can you be the best bee steward possible in an area where bees and people will inevitably meet?

The class is designed for beginners so no prerequisite knowledge is required. You will get to see live bees and will most likely be able to get into a bee suit and see the bees in a hive.

For your safety, please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.


Marc Johnson and Pilar Leano completed GFE’s Get Up! (Gardening and Composting Educator Program) in 2010 and have volunteered at the garden ever since. They first put hives at GFE in early 2015 and manage about a dozen hives, mostly in Western San Francisco. Marc is on the board of the SF Beekeepers Association and volunteers his time and energy to promote urban beekeeping.

Mark Carlson served in El Salvador in the Peace Corps from 2005 to 2007. During that time, he kept bees as part of his community agriculture extension work. In 2019, he graduated with the inaugural class of the California Master Beekeeper Program. He is the co-chair and “honey guru” for the Good Food Awards and has been a mead maker for many years. He works and keeps bees in the Bayview.

COVID-19 information:

GFE Mask Guidelines: Masks are optional for vaccinated visitors (workshop participants, volunteers, students etc.) and required for unvaccinated individuals. Our staff is fully vaccinated and boosted. Thank you for continuing to keep the garden a safe and open space for everyone!
Please cancel your shift and do not come to GFE if you develop COVID19 symptoms on or before the day of your workshop (fever, chills, repeated shaking / shivering, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, feeling unusually weak or fatigued, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, headache, runny or congested nose, or diarrhea)
GFE will continue to monitor the COVID19 situation in San Francisco and make any necessary changes to the workshop based on current information.

No walk-up registration permitted for this course.


July 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Garden for the Environment
1590 7th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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