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Buzzing about bees in Boston

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  January 10, 2012 04:24 PM

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bees.jpg [Essdras M Suarez / Globe Staff]

There must be something in the air these days, as everyone seems to be buzzing about bees. There's the long-running Museum of Science exhibit, featuring a glassed-in beehive, plus the recent podcast with museum beekeeper Bill Coleman.

For those looking to get in on the apiary adventures themselves, the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association will be holding a two-class series of workshops teaching aspiring beekeepers some basic techniques. The classes, which cost $125 for members and $145 non-members, will be held Jan. 29 and Feb. 19. Local beekeeper Jean-Claude Bourrut will lead the class, covering things like pest and disease control, hive structure, season management, and more. For more info and to register, visit www.nofamass.org.

Don't want to get stung? If it's the fruits of the bees' labor you're after, there's the sweet Harvard Square shop Follow the Honey, which opened in August on Mass. Ave. Owner Mary Canning carries local honey as well as varieties from around the world and also offers a rotating selection of honey on tap. In addition to the sticky stuff, the shop also sells bee-themed jewelry and beginner beekeeping equipment.

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