Saving the Bees: The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur
with C. Marina Marchese, Red Bee Honey
on Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 p.m.
C. Marina Marchese is changing the way people taste and think about honey. This designer turned beekeeper is the visionary behind the iconic brand Red Bee Honey. During a former career as an international designer, Marina unexpectedly visited 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 beekeeper.
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 honeys launching the Red Bee Brand. She returned to Italy to continue her formal education becoming the first US citizen to be accepted as a member of the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey. In 2011, Marina established the American Honey Tasting Society as the leading resource for honey sensory education in the United States. An accomplished apiculturist, Marina has also successfully completed the Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course twice, achieving a deep understanding of products of the beehive and their applications to health and healing.
Passionate about nature and environmental issues around food, Marina’s best-selling book Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, published in 2009, chronicles her entrepreneurial journey into beekeeping and how Red Bee became a nationally recognized brand. Marina coined the term ‘Honey Sommelier‘ in her first book. Her second book The Honey Connoisseur is the definitive guide to US honey.
A fervent and dynamic, sought-after speaker, Marina shares her knowledge in her animated and inspiring presentation and will leave you with a fascinating view of the importance of honey bees to our food chain and the gastronomic delight of varietal honeys. Marina will have her books and some of her Red Bee products on hand for sale at the meeting.
Meetings are open to everyone and are free for full-time students with a valid ID. A donation of $10 is suggested from non-members.
Location: Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium – Please park and enter at rear of building, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.
Cost for non-members is $10 .
Important Reminder: Emanuel Synagogue requires that we institute formal sign-in procedures for added safety and security at their facility. Please bear this in mind, and we appreciate your patience as we carry out their request. Thank you.
Upcoming Speakers for the 2019-2020 Season:
- Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 Saving the Bees: The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur. C. Marina Marchese
- Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 The New Zen Garden. Christopher Tuccio, Professor of Horticulture, Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 Cannabis on Campus: Not What you Think! Gerald Berkowitz, Professor, University of Connecticut
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 Fronds with Benefits: Ferns from the Wild into the Garden. Leslie Duthie, Horticulturist
- Thursday, April 23, 2020 Ticks: It’s Not Just Lyme Disease Anymore. Dr. Kirby Stafford, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
- Thursday, May 21, 2020 The Art of Growing Food. Ellen Ogden, writer, gardener, cook
- Thursday, June 18, 2020 TBA. Jan Johnsen, Landscape Designer, Author and Speaker. This lecture is possible due to generous funding from the Lois and Herb Isaacson speaker endowment.
Past Speakers from the 2019-2020 Season:
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 My Life with Daffodils, Eric Breed, Dutch International Photographer and bulb expert:
Eric was born in the Netherlands, quite literally into a world filled with flower bulbs. He is the son of Kees and the late Fia Breed, who owned what may be the largest collection of narcissi, tulip and colchicums in the world. Famed bulb expert Wim Lemmers is his uncle. And his grandfather’s former growing fields, Zandvliet, are now part of the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens in South Holland that attracts over one million visitors annually. We were delighted to have Eric enlighten us on his travels into the wild, his family’s legendary bulb collection, and the criteria used by the Dutch when seeking new flower bulb varieties for the industry.
Please click here to let us know what you thought of Eric’s presentation.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 The Photo-Graphic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography, Matthew Benson, Award-Winning Photographer:
Matthew’s presentation on the fundamentals of creating beautiful, compelling photography in the garden includes working with light and composition, developing a personal style, post production and image editing techniques, the best basic equipment– from cameras and filters to iPhones and Instagram.
Click here to let us know what you thought about Matthew’s presentation.