• Harvest Sale
  • Bee and Honey Update



Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to donate, make crafts, bake or volunteer!    Unique items for sale will include:  beeswax soaps and lip balm, lavender and Balsam sachets, blackberry and grapevine wreaths, crystals, pesto, rhubarb coffee cake muffins, fresh bread, smudge sticks, etc.

We still need volunteers and some of the following: cold beverages and fruit for volunteers, fresh produce, vases, a few tents, help setting up and breaking down and bakery!

Please share the attached flyer with your friends, family and neighbors!

Call or email Ana with any questions and/or contributions.  303-949-6088,


Last weekend, I extracted over 14 GALLONS of honey from the apiary – a new record. Wow. Imagine how many flights of foraging bees that requires. Hint – it is literally millions of flights! 

I spent close to ten hours myself over the weekend extracting the honey. A fun and sticky process. Our new 6 frame extractor made the process quite easy. The honey came from 6 Supers, which were on 3 different hives (one hive had 3 Supers and produced half the honey. Can you guess which one?). We had 9 hives total at the beginning of the summer, so what about the other 6 hives? Unfortunately, one hive that had two Supers, one of which had definitely been full, died since the last inspection and robber bees came and took away all the honey from the Supers and the Deeps. It is unclear why we lost the hive. It is very unusual to lose a strong hive in August that has filled a Super. Part of the mystery. Two hives had Supers but did put away any honey – not unusual as these were new splits this year. Three hives have been weak – so we have ‘pinched’ the queens (killing them) of the weakest two and combining them all into one hive.

So that is the status of all the hives – we are at 6 hives going into Fall. We may lose one more by winter and hopefully we get 3-4 to winter over, and start the process again next Spring of rebuilding the apiary by ‘making’ new hives while at the same time trying to encourage honey production where feasible so we can all enjoy the bounty. 

Speaking of bounty, every gardener that has fulfilled their 10 hour obligation to the garden is provided a free 4 oz jar of honey (Hours report attached). A HUGE THANK YOU to Lori and Mary for jarring ALL THE HONEY. Another big thank you to Lori for making products from the bees wax, including salves, lip balm, and other really cool stuff. If you did not complete your volunteer hours, you will need to purchase the honey if you want it. The rest of the honey will be available for sale to the local community at the Harvest Sale. The price is $8/half pint, or $15/pint. If there is still honey available after the Sale, then it will be sold via Next Door and other apps. The proceeds are used to pay for bees and supplies. 


Harvest Sale, Saturday, September 9, 9:00 to noon

Work Day, Saturday, September 16, 9:00 to noon


(record volunteer hours here)


All gardeners are asked to participate in one Bokashi session during the season.  One of the Bokashi team will be present at each session to guide the process and answer any bokashi questions you may have.  Each session takes about 45 minutes.  To schedule your session:  

  1. Sign in to the Hours site, 
  2. Click on the Events Sign Up tab in the top menu, 
  3. Search through the listed Bokashi dates(it’s every Saturday)
  4. Click the Bokashi date that fits your schedule.
  5. Click on the orange Sign Up box on the right hand side and sign up.


Bee Hives contact:  Brad Volin at

Compost contact:  Gary Alexander at

Donation Plots contact:

Perennial Team & Herb Garden: Christine Franck,

Plots/Membership:  Priscilla at

Website: Andrea at andreagracec@gmail.comLeadership Contacts:  (Priscilla, Cindy, Sarah, Liz)  (Priscilla)  (Send your updates for the News Email)  (Jackie) 
Mailing Address:  Rosedale Community Garden PO Box 415 Englewood, Co 80151-0415Visit us on the web at:

If you have questions please email us at 
Rosedale Community Garden | PO Box 415 | Englewood | CO | 80151-0415


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