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Bee Week: Honeybee Hive Demonstration

A Hive demonstration with local beekeeper Greg Kalicin  

What goes on behind the scenes of the honeybee hive? Greg and Deb Kalicin are the owners of Harmoney Farm in Lisbon, NY. Greg is also the president of the Empire State Honey Producers Association. With real demonstration hives, Greg will go over the fascinating basics of inside the hive and allow participants to have a better understanding of bees. No experience necessary, all are welcome! 

We will meet at 3:30pm on the Greenhouse (70 park street) lawn if weather permits. If not, we'll go inside. Baked goods provided. :)

  Sponsered by the Greenhouse and the Mellon Fund

Bee Week: Documentary Night

Two Honeybee documentaries showing in Griffiths 123  auditorium (down the hall from the new perfomance hall)

Silence of the Bees
"Silence of the Bees explores one of nature's most baffling mysteries: the disappearance of the honeybee. Join researchers as they scramble to discover why honeybees are dying in record numbers and to stop the epidemic before it spreads further."

Tales From the Hive
"This documentary captures rarely seen images from the life of a bee: the queen's "wedding flight," a struggle between rivals for the queenship, and the "waggle" dance (in which the scout bees convey the exact location of nectar to a group of attentive bees). The highly social world of bees is revealed, as they share in the gathering of food, communication, shelter construction, and defense."

Come to either or stay for a night of bees! Hope to see you there! 

Bee Week: Keynote speaker Ross Conrad

 Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the current state of Beekeeping-

  Learn why bees all over the world are dying and how each of us influences their survival

by Ross Conrad, Winston Room at 7pm


Ross Conrad learned his craft from world-renowned beekeeper and apitherapist, Charles Mraz, and Charlie's son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture. Ross has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His human-scale beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends and neighbors with honey and candles among other bee related products.

Sponsered by the Greenhouse and the Mellon Fund


Bee Week: Bee Aware Dana Dinner!


The Bee Aware Dana Dinner is aimed at connected bring awareness to the millions of honey-bees that pollinte our food. Throughout the dining hall there will be information indicating foods that are partially or entirely pollinated by honeybees.  Honey bees are the main pollinators of flowering plants that humans cultivate...without the bees, we would have a very limited menu! » read more

Check out other Beek Week events in the attached schedule.

Visit St. Lawrence Nurseries

Come visit Saint Lawrence Nurseries, to talk with owner Bill Mackentley about environmental issues, sustainable agriculture, and growing/living practices specific to the North Country.

For more information, visit St. Lawrence Nursery's website,

Email if you are interested in attending.

We will meet on the Greenhouse porch at 1:30, and we will take a van over to Potsdam, to visit the nursery at 2. 

See you there!

Community Contra Dance


Mark you calenders!

  • What: Community Contra Dance
  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2011 7PM - 9:30PM (7-7:30 half hour lesson for beginners)
  • Where:
    St. Mary's School Gymnasium
  • Who: SLU Students and North Country community; the caller for the dance will be Beth Robinson and live music will be provided by Gretchen Koehler, Don Woodcock and Carter Houk.   
  • Why: The dance is jointly organized by TAUNY, the Sustainable Living Project (SLP), and the students of St. Lawrence University's Greenhouse. The organizations envision the dance as an opportunity to bring together students and the broader community for a healthy, community-building event that carries on a centuries-long tradition of country barn and social dances.

Suggested donation is $3-5 for students, $10 for the general public, and under 16 free. Please where soft-soled shoes. It is not require to come with a partner. This is an alcohol-free event with funding from the SLU Student Life.

For more information or a press release contact

Please spread the word. Thank you!

-The Greenhouse

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