Over the summer, I delved into the world of beekeeping. Even put on a bee suit and got up close and personal with the adorable little pollinators (watch the video here). What a trip! Though I always had an appreciation and deep respect for the job these worker bees do for us -- not to mention the honey they produce -- the experience awakened a real desire to become a beekeeper in my next life, which will begin whenever Oyster Bay changes the law and allows it. Right now, no towns in Nassau County permit backyard beekeeping, but if you live in Suffolk, odds are your town may allow it, like NYC does.
Rooftop beekeeping in the city has been gaining in popularity, and now Wave Hill, the public garden in the Bronx, is offering a workshop to get more urbanites into the hobby. But you don't have to live in the city to attend.
Bronx beekeepers Roger Repohl and Sara Katz will teach you everything you need to know about starting your own hive -- equipment requirements, start-up costs and where to obtain bees. The workshop will run Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $30 ($25 for members). Registration is required and can be handled on the wavehill.org website or by calling 718-549-3200, ext. 305.