#NewsFlash | Learn the Sweetness of Urban Beekeeping
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Do you want some, honey?
Urban beekeeper Nick Hoefly will present an outdoor lecture at Alley Pond Environmental Center’s temporary headquarters on Thursday, April 15, at 6:15 pm.
Spring has sprung and Earth Day 2021 is approaching, so Hoefly will discuss nature’s great pollinators and offer some of his liquid gold for sampling and purchase.
Admission is $5, and there’s a 20-person limit.
Hoefly and his wife, Ashley, have operated several hives – with an estimated 30,000 bees — from their Astoria residence’s yard and rooftop since 2015. Through their internet-based company Astor Apiaries, they sell various brands of homemade honey with such flavors as Alfalfa, Blueberry, Buckwheat, Clover, Orange Blossom, and two infusions with Cinnamon and Ghost Peppers. They also sell derivative products such as soaps, dippers, and raw combs.
Always buzzing, the Hoeflys also mentor, teach, lead tours, perform removal services, sell directly to stores, and work with beehive-owning clients such as Green-Wood Cemetery.
Due to a renovation, Alley Pond Environment Center is temporarily located in a complex near Alley Pond Park’s southern edge at 224-65 76th Ave. in Oakland Gardens. In usual times, the nonprofit operates a one-story green building whose address is 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston. The center, where visitors can learn about the local wetlands and trails, is near the north edge of Alley Pond Park.
Images: Astor Apiaries