Intro to Beekeeping this Saturday!

17 Jan

Beekeeping Classes 


Our first Class in a year-long  series of Urban Homesteading courses, is this Saturday January 22 at Fairview Gardens.  CSA member’s receive a 10% discount, student’s receive a 15% discount.  Sign up for both classes, Introduction to Beekeeping and Care of the Hive, and receive a 15% discount.  Take your Homesteading skills to the next level, see you on the farm this Saturday.


Instructor for all Beekeeping Classes:

Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw

















Introduction to Beekeeping

January 22     9 am to 5 pm     $85.00 Click here to Register on-line via PayPal

This beginning beekeeper’s class will introduce participants to the respectful and organic ways of keeping honeybees at the beginning of a new beekeeping season. It is designed to build basic beekeeping skills; topics covered include the honeybee society and biology, equipment, starting colonies, and spring management requirements. Overall focus will home in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in Santa Barbara County.

Care of the  Hive

June 11     9 am to 5 pm     $85.00 click here to register on-line via PayPal

The second workshop deepens the knowledge and understanding of the honeybee, and builds on the concepts learned from the first workshop. The participant will explore what the bees are doing and what need to do in response to the particular time of the year. Topics covered will include harvesting some hive products (honey, pollen and propolis), fall management practices, crop pollination practices, and identification and management of pests. Part of the class will be held in an apiary so protective equipment will be required. 

Click on Honey Jar to Visit the Beeman’s Photo Gallery




















CSA Sneak Peak:



Lacinato kale 








Recipes of the Week: 


Glazed Carrots and Turnips


  • 3/4 pound turnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Put the vegetables in a skillet just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add enough water so that it comes halfway up their sides along with the butter and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover the vegetables with a round of parchment paper just large enough to fit the inside diameter of the pan, or with a lid set ajar. Simmer the vegetables until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the cover and raise the heat to high. Toss the vegetables frequently in the pan, as the liquid evaporates to a shiny smooth glaze. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Turnip Mash

Makes 2-4 Servings
1 lb Turnips
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 cup Mandarin Orange Juice
1 tbsp Honey
1/4 tsp Minced Garlic
1/2 Tbsp Butter

Remove Turnip greens and set aside. 

Peel and cut turnips into cubes.

Steam turnip cubes for approx. 35 min.

Drain turnips and mash, then add in all remaining ingredients, mix well.

Put turnip mixture into a glass baking dish and bake at 350 for 6 minutes.

**Don’t throw away those turnip greens! They are exceptionally rich in vitamin A, and are also an excellent source of vitamins C and E-all powerful antioxidants.

To Sauté turnip greens rinse greens until they are clean.  Chop them up (add onion or minced garlic if desired) saute in pan with 1 tsp Olive Oil for about 5 minutes. 


Join Fairview Gardens CSA any time and we will Pro-Rate your membership.

Click here to sign up today!

Last Week's CSA


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