Bee a Good Neighbor: Making Gardens Safe for Pollinators

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Marina Marchese, beekeeper, author and past president of the Back Yard Beekeepers of CT, will discuss how to nurture honeybees and other pollinators in your garden, which is an important, sustainable agricultural practice. Marina will share 17 years of beekeeping tips on attracting pollinators to your garden as well as provide a list of plants that are bee-friendly. Try honey produced from some of the bee's favorite floral sources. 

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Carla Marina Marchese is the designer and beekeeper behind the Red Bee Honey brand, and the author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper and the co-author with Kim Flottum (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.
During her studies at The School of Visual Arts, Marina mastered her visionary flair for color, texture and design. Her work was featured nationally in Victoria Magazine, Macy’s, and Woman’s Wear Daily launching an international design career licensing her own designs to clothing, giftware and stationery manufacturers. In 2000 Marina was unexpectedly invited to visit a neighbor’s apiary where her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive would change the course of her life. She quit her job, built a beehive and acquired some Italian honeybees to become a full-time beekeeper. It was on a visit to Montalcino, Italy, “The City of Honey,” that Marina became passionate about the diverse flavor profiles of varietal honey determined by the type of nectar gathered by the honeybees. Compelled by the philosophy of terroir, Marina studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting which lead her to curate a collection of single-origin seasonal honeys launching the Red Bee Brand. Her best selling book, Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, chronicles her entrepreneurial journey into beekeeping. Red Bee Honey is the proud recipient of the Slow Food Snail of Approval.

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