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.
Here is a list of workshops and events that Runamuk is hosting or participating in during the weeks and months to come. Most workshops are $75. Events that come with books may cost more. Email me at email@example.com to sign up and reserve your spot for any of our workshops.
Runamuk is currently in the process of buying a property in New Portland, Maine, to establish a permanent location for their farm and apiary. On-farm workshops and events are temporarily suspended until after the #GreatFarmMove in the Spring of 2018.
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What’s the Buzz About Bees?
9:30 – 10:30 Room 104
@ Maine Academy of Natural Science
Runamuk has been invited to participate in Maine School Garden Day to discuss bees and beekeeping with teachers from across the state. Explore the many different pollinating animals and the challenges they’re facing in today’s world. Disocver new ways your school gardens can support pollinators through agricultural techniques, plant selection and IPM methods that reduce the risk to beneficial insects. Find out more about what’s involved in keeping bees to determine if beekeeping is right for your school.
Beekeeping Crash Course
Time: 8am ─ 4pm.
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! *Comes with beekeeping resource book and handouts to take home.
Gardening for Pollinators
Time: 10am ─ 4pm
Spend a day at Runamuk to learn about native pollinators–their life-cycles, characteristics and habitat preferences, along with the threats they face and why they are so crucially important. After a lunch provided by the farm, we will delve into assessing your property for existing pollinator habitat and how to incorporate pollinator plantings into your established gardening methods. We will talk about which plants pollinators seem to prefer, providing food for the duration of the foraging season, and how to add habitat for pollinator reproduction. Participants will take home with them their own copy of the Xerces Society’s book: Attracting Native Pollinators, and a number of handouts–including a copy of the NRCS’s pollinator habitat assessment form.
NOTE: Workshops are nonrefundable for any reason, however you can always use a missed workshop credit towards any other farm event, forever. However, 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!