Demonstration Apiary and Certification Program
The Urban Farming Institute provides classes in urban beekeeping for all those interested in learning about bees as a hobby or as a profession. Here’s why.
We need bees at work in the garden, in the fields, in the groves and orchards…but where are the bees? Chances are that you have not seen them in sometime. Well, the good news is that the bees are coming to the Micro Apiary at the Urban Farming Institute in Oakland Park.
The City of Oakland Park was selected as the site or the first demonstration, micro apiary in Broward County in large part because of it’s partnership with the Urban Farming Institute and the City development of the Culinary Arts District.
The Apiary project is funded through the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and construction services are being provided by John Coldwell of Coldwell Construction. This Apiary will be the first permanent and managed apiary in the County and will soon to be in operation at the Discovery Farm and Gardens located at the Urban Farming Institute in Jack Pastorius Park in Oakland Park.
The City of Oakland Park was selected as the site or the first demonstration, micro apiary in Broward County.
The apiary is part of the Discovery Farm and Gardens along with the community garden program, chefs garden, hydroponic farm and resource center operated by the Urban Farming Institute. UFI will be offering broad range of classes for those interested in becoming “urban bee keepers.”
The State of Florida supports the preservation of honey bees and permits honey bee hives in all zoning categories with the exception of deed of homeowner association restrictions. This means that just about any property owner interested in raising honey bees on their property is permitted to do so by the State.