April 10 - Backyard Beekeeping & Beneficial Insects

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The Joy of Backyard Beekeeping
Been curious about bees? This presentation will introduce you to the joys of backyard beekeeping and touch on the history of beekeeping, honey bee life cycle and behavior, beekeeping management strategy, equipment, pest management as well as harvesting bee products and fun ways to use them!

Speaker Bio: Aidan Wing, Wings of Nature
Ever since Aidan first put on a veil and looked inside a beehive he was hooked. A beehive is made up of 60,000 honey bees working as a single super-organism, and this creates an endless fascination to many who choose to take a closer look. Aidan has had the pleasure to work with his favorite insect everyday, working as a commercial beekeeper doing honey, pollination and bee breeding. Aidan combines his love of bees and teaching, and gives presentations and workshops on beekeeping for both kids and adults.

Build it and They Will Come: Attracting Beneficial Insects & Natural Garden Pest Control
Organic farmers and gardeners rely on beneficial insects for pollination and pest control. In an established organic garden, you'll find many different kinds of insects, but not large numbers of any particular insect. Pests are controlled by the ecosystem. Learn how the types of plants we choose, and the spatial arrangement of the plants can increase habitat for beneficial insects like pollinators, predators, and parasitoids.

Speaker Bio: Steve Masley, Grow-It-Organically
Steve been a local organic gardener for 27 years, and a landscape designer focused on organic vegetable gardens, edible landscaping, and drought-tolerant California native and Mediterranean gardens for the last 10 years. In 2007, he re-started the student garden at the Stanford Community Farm, and taught the Local Sustainable Agriculture Field Practicum at Stanford in 2007 and 2008. Steve also created and runs Grow-it-Organically, a garden design company with an informational website,


Please note: the hosting of speakers for the Green Speaker Series: Local Heroes on Local Issues does not constitute an endorsement by the Town of Portola Valley (Town). The Town does not endorse any of the speakers, their businesses or the information provided in their presentations.