Workshops & Events

Please note: a limited number of workshop scholarships are available when a minimum number of participants have enrolled. Please contact us for more info at entangledroots.ca@gmail.com.

2022 Full-season Beekeeping

Workshop Series

Are you interested in learning how to keep honey bees? Or, are you a beginner beekeeper who has experienced frustrating challenges such as losing colonies? Entangled Roots is offering a hands-on workshop series that will cover a full beekeeping year from April to October. You will learn how to keep honey bees at an apiary with an experienced beekeeper. At the end of the series, you will have the skills and knowledge to be a confident and mindful beekeeper.

Each workshops includes at least one full hour (often more) spent in the bee yard, doing beekeeping under the guidance of the instructor. In order for all participants to have ample time working with bees, the workshop series is capped at ten participants.

  • April 17: Beekeeping 101; spring hive check
  • May 29: All about honey bees; setting up an apiary
  • June 26: Creating bee colonies; swarms and splits
  • August 21: Raising healthy honey bees; dealing with pests and pathogens
  • September 18: Harvesting honey and other products of the hive
  • October 30: Prepping bees for the winter

When: Sundays from 1-4 p.m – April to October

Cost: $250 (This program is designed as a series but individual workshops are $50 and may become available in the spring, space permitting)

Location: Sunnivue Farm

Space is limited; sign up here!

Grow your own food:

urban gardening series

Grow your own food in the city! In this full season workshop participants will learn how to grow beautiful, functional, and abundant edible gardens in urban spaces including backyards, community gardens, and balconies. The workshop series will take participants from the planning stages right through to the logistics of putting gardens to sleep for the winter. This hands-on workshop will also include information about the global food system, helping participants to understand the need for a just food system.

When: The third Tuesday evening of the month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 19: Planning
  • Tuesday, May 17: Planting
  • Tuesday, June 21: Blooming
  • Tuesday, July 20: Flourishing
  • Tuesday, August 16: Harvesting
  • Tuesday, September 20: Preparing
  • Tuesday, October 18: Regenerating

Location: West London, bike and bus accessible

Cost: $175

Sign up here!

Herbal Medicine-Making Workshops

Learn how to make medical herbal remedies in this hands-on, immersive, and fun series of workshops. In each workshop, participants will learn about the medicinal and culinary benefits of seasonal herbs and will make two herbal remedies. Sign up for one class or all three! Each workshop will explore a different set of amazing herbs.

  • May: Nettles, Violets, and Dandelion
  • July: Calendula, Holy Basil, and Plantain
  • September: Elderberry, Echinacea, and Elecampane

When: Sundays from 1-4 p.m – May 15, August 7, and September 25

Cost: $60 each, or all three for $150 (includes supplies).

Location: West London in a location accessible by bus and bike.

Sign up here

Urban Permaculture 101

Permaculture is a form of ecological design that integrates human spaces and lives with ecological lifeworlds in a way that promotes flourishing for humans, animals, plants, and other forms of life. Urban permaculture is more than gardening!

In this 2-day series, participants will learn how to design an ecological life in the city that includes growing food, creating spaces in which multiple species flourish (including people!), creating community, and initiating neighbourhood change. Day one will explore permaculture ethics, philosophy, principles and practices with a focus on the urban/suburban context. Day two will be a dynamic process in which participants devise their own permaculture plan in discussion with the instructor and other participants.

When: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days, with a 1/2 hour lunch break)

Location: West London, bike and bus accessible

Cost: $225

Space is limited, sign up here!

Instructor: Becky Ellis (she/her/hers)

“I completed my permaculture design certificate with Earth Activist Training in 2010. Since then I have initiated a children’s garden program, a community garden, pollinator gardens, a seed library, and a beekeeping collective. I have been an urban gardener for 20 years and a beekeeper since 2013. Currently, I am the main farmer/beekeeper at Entangled Roots and a community activist.

I received my PhD in Geography and Environment from Western University in spring 2021. My research focused on the relationship between people and bees in cities, with an emphasis on the practices of urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening.”

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