Workshop by Michael Pilarski and Benjamin Pixie. Designing plantings to maximize nectar and pollen sources for honeybees and other pollinators.
The course will be applicable to both the interior and maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Day one: Theory, practice, details, species selection.
Day two: Hands-on planting trees, shrubs, perennials, Building and planting a hugelkultur. Direct seeding.
Benjamin Pixie of Pixie Honey has bee yards in western Washington and at Skalitude.
Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Society. Medicinal herb farmer, permaculture teacher and plant enthusiast. He has worked with over 1,000 species of plants.
Housing is available at Skalitude during the workshop period.
Benjamin Pixie and a consortium of friends purchased Skalitude Retreat Center in 2018. Benjamin is a beekeeper and wants to maximize honey production at the site.
A personal story from Michael Pilarski:
In the 1980s I started using the term beescaping at workshops I was giving around the Pacific Northwest. This was following a period of intensive research on honey plants. I gradually acquired jars of around 30 specific plant honeys and during the workshop would pass them around with a passle of toothpicks. Some of the honeys I recall were maple, blackberry, peppermint, buckwheat, fireweed, sweet clover, and many others. I went through a phase called trees & bees where I researched trees that fed the honeybees. Some notables are black locust, linden, and Evodia. Most regions of the world have their specific bee trees. Over the years I have studied native plants and ecosystem restoration. In this workshop I will bring together my knowledge of nectar and pollen plants, permaculture design, native plants, medicinal plants and ecosystem restoration to apply to the Skalitude site. Participants can see a template on how to do beescaping for their sites and regions.
Day two will be devoted to getting things in the ground. We will be planting bare-root trees, shrubs, vines, perennial herb divisions & rhizomes, direct seeding and building and planting a woody-biomass hugelkultur.
Workshop fee: $200. Single day $120. Some worktrade and partial scholarships available.
Contact: Michael Pilarski