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Urban Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping continues to gain popularity in cities around the world in response to the troubling news of worldwide drops in honeybee populations and honey yields. Learn how our gardening choices can have a positive impact on the lives of urban honeybees and their wild cousins. The Urban Beekeeping Series is taught by seasoned beekeeping instructors and long-time members of the urban beekeeping group, Toronto Beekeeper’s Cooperative. This series gives you hands-on experience with managing hives, as well as provides you with simple steps to support honeybees and other important pollinators in the city, whether you intend to keep your own bees or just enjoy learning about their care.

Honey Sommelier
Ontario honey comes in myriad flavours, textures, scents and nuances based on floral sources and geography. Through this tutored taste tour by beekeeper and instructor Cathy Kozma students will refine their palates, explore the honey-making process and experience a selection of Ontario’s finest varieties.
Public $30; Members $30
[PG16F32] Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 to 3 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
[PG16F34] Tuesday Nov. 22, 7 to 9 p.m.
Cathy Kozma



*2017 session dates to be posted soon *

Including seven in-class and “in-hive” sessions, this series provides grounding in basic beekeeping for two groups of 15 students per year. Please choose Group A (more weekdays) or Group B (more weekends) when registering. Some sessions combine both groups.


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  • For anyone interested in learning more about bees. Basic beekeeping – classroom and apiary time. I took all six courses last year. Learning about honeybees was exciting and educational. Wonderful teachers. Loved the hands on approach.

    • Toronto Botanical Garden

      Thanks Trish, great to hear positive feedback from our students.

    • Bee Boy

      Hey Trish.
      We have 4 hives on our Roof in Cabbagetown. Can’t enough about urban bee keeping:)

      • Amy

        Hi. We are moving to cabbagetown and are looking for more info on keeping 1-2 small hives. If bee boy can contact me, I would appreciate it! Woolbelly@me.com

      • kokocat

        Hi! I live in Cabbagetown and creating a short documentary on beekeeping. If you are still there, and still actively beekeeping, and would like to be a subject in my film, please contact me at katmcg@yorku.ca, Thanks!

      • Sylvie Greeniaus

        I have two hives on a roof top near moss park. How are they doing?

      • Wes

        Hi, Bee Boy (and others with rooftop hives). I’m confused – I thought the City’s bee hive setbacks required a minimum lot size of approx. one acre (which is not to be had in Cabbagetown), or a skyscraper (to achieve the setback distance, but vertically – like the Royal York hives on the roof). Am I missing something? I’m asking because I’m enrolled in this course for 2015, and am also keenly interested in having my own hive(s)… Thanks!

  • Madison

    Hi there
    I was just wondering when the deadline is for the 2015 courses ?

  • Adult Education Department

    Hi Madison –

    Thanks for your interest in the program – registration is open until the courses fill or begin, there is currently room in both but we’ve always sold out in the past 🙂

  • Andrea Pedrosa

    Does anyone know where I can purchase a beekeeping suit in Toronto?

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