Services & Education
We are proud to present our class
Regenerative Beekeeping in collaboration with Santa Cruz Permaculture.
Have you ever wanted to learn the skills needed to produce your very own honey? Interested in producing your own beeswax, pollen or propolis? Have you ever wanted to insure your back yard or farm had a sustained and healthy source of pollinators to ensure a bountiful crop of fruits and veggies? We are pleased to offer this beginning level beekeeping practicum grounded in a natural approach to apiculture, with a focus on sustainable hive management, honey production and pollinator health.
Humankind’s relationship with bees reaches back to the dawn of time. Our dependence on bees for their role in our food systems, and our responsibility for their care continues to this day. Come engage with these incredible little beings and learn both the art and science of regenerative beekeeping.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Have knowledge of different hive styles and beekeeping equipment
Engage in seasonal care of honeybees
Promote honey production and understand harvesting techniques
Identify pests and hazards to the hive and mitigate them using IPM
Process beeswax to make candles, salves and countless other products
Create a customized pollinator garden plan for your home or farm so that you can promote pollinator health
Understand the intricate and fascinating life cycles, behavior, and natural history of the honey bee
In addition to scheduled classes throughout the Bay Area, Wings of Nature’s founder, Aiden Wing, is available to speak on many bee-related topics and offers a perspective of nature-informed beekeeping, bee health, queen rearing, and more.
A natural storyteller and teacher, Aidan’s style is engaging and accessible, but deeply informational. With experience working with a range of audiences, Aidan’s knowledge is accessible to all. Aidan is a regular speaker at conferences, festivals, beekeeping clubs, and schools and universities. Contact Aidan directly for scoping topics and goals for your public speaking engagement. And he might be convinced to bring his guitar as well.
Want to dive deep into the world of professional beekeeping? One of the best educational experiences is to roll up your sleeves with Wings of Nature Bees on-site in Pescadero. Contact us about internship opportunities for a range of time periods. No experience pre-requisites, but love of bees and nature are required.
NOTE: Currently recruiting for a Spring 2023 intern (ideally 2-3 months of commitment to working with our bees in the high-season of queen rearing and bee breeding). You’d live in the beautiful mountains of Coastal California, spending long days in the sun with bees in organic farms along California’s Highway One and into San Jose, learning the ins and outs of breeding, hive maintenance, and readying nuc boxes and packages for sale. This is an unpaid internship opportunity, with compensation in the form of deep knowledge.
Whether you have one hive or a large apiary, Wings of Nature beekeepers can help you accomplish your beekeeping goals. We have helped many backyard beekeepers to understand the inner workings of the hive and administer a comprehensive management plan. We have worked with orchardists and financial investment companies to plan larger apiaries, as well as small backyard beekeepers who are just getting started. Let us know how we can help you by providing a range of bespoke services for your own bee journey.