Words: Bryan Alary | Pictures: istockphoto.com
When Jennifer Lang-Gorman's friends find out about her newest hobby, they're abuzz with anticipation.
The NAIT grad (Biological Sciences Technology '06) wrapped up her first season of beekeeping with friend (and fellow alum) Jennifer Bowlby and word is getting out about their sweet endeavour.
"They found out we're doing it, so they're coming to us for honey," laughs Lang-Gorman.
The duo completed the level 1 beekeeping course at NAIT, one of several courses offered locally that reflects a growing interest in the subject. Instructor Eliese Watson of ABC Bees in Calgary attributes the interest to Edmonton city council's 2015 decision to allow urban beekeeping provided would-be beekeepers complete training.
"When it became legalized, this large community of people embraced the opportunity with open arms. It's been really what I would call a mad rush of interest in beekeeping." — Eliese Watson, ABC Bees
"When it became legalized, this large community of people really embraced the opportunity with open arms. It's been what I would call a mad rush of interest in beekeeping," says Watson, whose 16-hour intensive course goes over the hows and whys of natural beekeeping practices, colony structure and management.