Classes & Workshops at Runamuk

Interested in learning a new craft or skill? Yearning to experience farm life or tour a working apiary? Join us for one of our seasonal workshops or public events! Runamuk offers a fun, relaxed and beginner-friendly environment for folks to come learn new skills, celebrate and meet like-minded people.

Below is a list of workshops and classes that Runamuk is hosting or participating in during the weeks and months to come. For folks from away who are interested in participating, there is the potential for overnight stays on the farm─either in your tent or RV, or─in a pinch─we might be persuaded to put up overnight guests. Just ask!

~2019 Day-Long Workshops~

how to set up your first beehive

Fully established bee colony.

Honeybee University
Spring Classes: See available dates below.
Time: 8am ─ 4pm.
Cost: $75 per person; $100 per couple.

We cram a whole beekeeping course into one day with this workshop, starting early in the morning with a tour of the farm and apiary. Then we’ll dive right into learning about honeybees, the gear and equipment needed for beekeeping, pests and diseases as well as IPM techniques, treatments, and natural beekeeping methods. Lunch will be provided at noontime before we move on to learning about how to establish new hives. Later in the afternoon we will discuss honey production with a demonstration of the honey-extractor, learn how to establish new hives, and all about seasonal management of those hives. It’s a lot to take in in one day, but you’ll be among other new-bees, so no worries!


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honeybee swarmAdvanced Beekeeping
Spring Class: Saturday, May 11th.
Time: 8am ─ 4pm.
Cost: $75 per person; $100 per couple.
Another day-long workshop in which lunch and snack-breaks are provided. This course is geared toward established beekeepers who want to learn more about keeping bees sustainably from one year to the next. Discussion topics include: seasonal availability of bee-forage, management of hives for swarm-prevention, sampling for varroa mites, timing of mite treatments for best overwintering success, and more.

This event includes a hands-on demonstration of making splits and nucs from overwintered hives─weather permitting.


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Classes

Classes are 3-4 hour sessions on the farm: a combination of informative discussion and hands-on learning, in a relaxed and comfortable environment that welcomes folks from all walks of life who are interested in learning new skills for sustainable living and bee-friendly farming.

Strategies for the Bee-Friendly
Saturday, June 29th
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person
In this session, participants will learn strategies for bee-friendly gardens, farms, and landscapes.

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Basic Construction
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person
Participants will learn the fundamentals of basic construction, including safety first, project design, measuring, using simple hand-tools for every day repairs, and beginner-level construction projects. Not just for women.

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Gardening for Beginners
Saturday, May 18th
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person
In this class, participants will learn how to get started with gardening. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own food or flowers, but don’t know where to start─start with Runamuk! Come learn about soil preparation, seed-starting, transplanting seedling, pest and disease management, and how to tell when something is ready to be harvested. Learn all that and more at this class for beginning gardeners.

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DIY Salve-Making
Sunday, TBD
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person

Artisan Soap-Making
TBD
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person

GYO Shoots & Sprouts
TBD
Time: 1pm ─ 4pm.
Cost: $50 per person

NOTE: Workshops and classes are nonrefundable for any reason, however you can always use a missed workshop or class credit towards any other farm event, forever. If weather or illness prevents you from attending, your credit is good as long as I am hosting workshops here so no money goes to waste!

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