Beekeeping 101: Shaking Packages

image courtesy Tim ONeal

Taught by Tim ONeal and Shelly Fank

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Tim ONeal is a New York City public school biology teacher who maintains and consults on hives throughout New York City. He has kept bees for almost 20 years and got his first two hives in middle school. He was as popular as that implies.

photo credit: Shelly Fank

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Shelly Fank has worked as an environmental consultant, native plant conservationist, beekeeper, and puppet maker all over the U.S. She's migratory, but her bees are staunch New Yorkers.

photo credit: Tim ONeal

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Bees, bees everywhere, and none of them in my hair.

Join Tim and Shelly of for a class covering your first day with bees. If you've never shaken a package before, come and learn how 3 pounds of bees can safely make it from their shipping container to the inside of your freshly prepped hive with a minimum of fuss.

We'll start out with a chat about last minute hive site prep, safety precautions, and last minute questions. We'll finish up with a live demonstration of an installation in a nearby community garden.

This is the first class with live bees, so be sure to bring a veil if you are nervous. Even if you aren't, everyone should wear close toed shoes, pants, and a hat to keep their hair out of the way!

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