Beekeeper and organic grower, Sanne Kure Jensen will give an introductory talk on “Beekeeping in an organic environment” as well as a session on “Attracting pollinators and bees to your crops and gardens.”
Backyard beekeeping is growing in popularity. Some people keep honeybees because they love to eat honey; some wish to improve their health or pollinate their gardens or crops. A beekeeper for eight years, Kure-Jensen will discuss the essential equipment (woodenware, bee-suits, smokers, etc.), how to install bees in a hive, what to watch for and how to harvest honey. Attendees will learn why bees swarm and how to collect swarms to grow an apiary.
Kure-Jensen’s Beekeeping presentation will cover value-added products like candles, salves and cosmetics made with beeswax, honey or propolis. She will stress the importance of organic practices to farms, gardens and lawns. Attendees will learn where to get more information including attendance at the RI Beekeepers Association spring Bee School’s 5-week annual spring course. Learn more at www.ribeekeeper.org/beeschools.php.
Participants in Kure-Jensen’s Pollinator program will learn the value of attracting native insects and bees to their farm or gardens to increase vegetable and fruit yields and improve local food security. As much as 70% of foods raised around the globe require insect or animal pollination. Sanne will discuss food crops that rely on native pollinators, the food, water and habitat needs of pollinators and ways to help them thrive. Pollinators include honeybees, bumblebees, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds and bats.
Shrinking habitats, routine agricultural and landscape chemical use and diseases threaten many native pollinators and managed honeybees. Hedgerows and landscapes of native plants welcome a variety of pollinators. Kure-Jensen will stress the importance of organic practices and native plants to farms, gardens and lawns. Attendees will learn where to get more information on native pollinators including the Xerces Society.
Kure-Jensen is the Administrator for NOFA/RI and a regular contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower, bringing regional and national attention to agriculture and horticulture in southeastern New England. Her work has been published in the newsletters of Holistic Management International (HMI), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), RI Beekeepers Association, RI Nursery & Landscapers Association (RINLA) and RI Tree Council. You can read Sanne’s work at her blog: www.sannekurejensen.wordpress.com.
A NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist (RICH), Sanne has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping and Ecological Landscape Design. Her gardens were featured in the Sakonnet Times and were open for two URI Master Gardener Tours and Blithewold’s Intimate Garden Tour. Kure-Jensen has been quoted in Newport Life magazine and The Rhode Island Gardener’s Companion. She is a RI Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) Certified Invasive Plant Manager, URI Master Gardener, RI Tree Steward and a member of the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association.
Learn more or register for the NOFA Mass Winter Conference at www.nofamass.org/winterconference.