Each spring, Turnview Farms welcomes about 30 to 50 budding beekeepers, many from the city, to an introductory beekeeping course.
From there, Turner sells a starter pack called a nucleus (or a nuke to beekeepers) consisting of four frames of bees with honey, pollen, brood (or baby bees), bees and a queen, to be installed into a new beehive.
After installation, most beekeepers check their hive once a week.
“We really enjoy teaching those courses,” Emily said.
There’s plenty of information available online, but learning to keep bees locally requires the wisdom of a local apiarist.
“You need to connect with a local beekeeper in the same geography that you are so that you understand the management practices,” Emily said.