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The Bee Farm 

On June 1, 2012, we signed a charitable lease to a 
0.50 acre fenced lot on San Bruno Ave (@Ordway) which borders the Visitacion Valley and Portola neighborhoods. The goal of The Bee Farm is to be an educational bee garden and urban farm project that demonstrates the importance of bee pollinators to biodiversity and agriculture in the urban environment. 

On part of the site, we maintain an apiary of up to 9 honey bee colonies and whose honey provides our primary source of revenue to support our projects.  Our apiary is the site of our 2-Year Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program.  The Bee Farm also is a site for our Native Bee Surveys.  

The apiary is surrounded by planted berms of flowering native perennials, shrubs and apple trees that attract various native bee species. 

Outside the apiary, we are growing plants that provide food for bees and, as a result of their pollination services, produce food (including seeds) for people. Food grown currently includes 9 apple trees, 4 plum trees, 3 blueberry bushes, strawberries, fava beans, scarlet runner beans, tomatoes, squashes and pumpkins.  Once we plant, we harvest our seeds to give away, and to use for the next season. 

Want to help? Come help us garden and create as a haven for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, where people and pollinators have a mutually beneficial relationship. Our Monthly Volunteer Work Parties are held 12 Noon-4 PM on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except Nov & Dec, and rain cancels Jan-Mar).  Bring a water bottle, wear layers and bring a hat/sunglasses as our site is very sunny but frequently windy  We provide garden gloves, tools, water, snacks and opportunities to learn about gardening and bees and, importantly, lots of good conversation and fun!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for reminders and other opportunities to get involved.

2-Year Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program

See our Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program page for more details.  2017 begins our 5th Apprenticeship Program.  The deadline to apply for the 2017-2019 Program is February 19, 2017.