The Farms: Bees in Your Garden

Learn about one of the most incredible and important pollinators at Bees in Your Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 in The Studio. Master beekeeper Maggie Wachter will provide an overview of the most common bees native to Illinois, including bumblebees, mason bees and carpenter bees. Examine the complex relationship between different types of bees and the environment and discuss how gardeners can help bees of all kinds survive.

$15/person. Register here by April 3. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Olivia Bunting at

About the instructor

When Maggie Wachter began her social work degree at the University of Illinois in 2008, she had no idea that she would become a beekeeper. As for honey, she kept a single jar in the back of her kitchen cabinet for recipes. Today she is a master beekeeper who never eats sugar.

Maggie received her first hive as a gift in 2008. By 2010, she was enrolled in the Master Beekeeper course at the University of Florida. From there, things happened quickly to turn her life around. In 2012, she started teaching beekeeping for Parkland Community Education and today she is a beekeeping teacher, honey judge, mead maker and master beekeeper.

Along the way, she met fellow beekeeper Steve Halfar. Together, they pollinate apple orchards, chase black locust honey and keep their 50-odd hives thriving. They have participated in honeybee research at the U of I and USDA.

During the summer, you can find Maggie and Steve selling honey at the Urbana Market at the Square on the first Saturday of every month. They are thrilled to be at Allerton to share their enthusiasm for nature and honey bees with others.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, outdoor education, science, storytelling, and wellnessAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete winter course schedule here.


Apr 06 2024


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 06 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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