Save Friday, July 7th to assist in our 2nd Annual Community Connections Garden Honey Extraction event. This is an educational opportunity where we prepare honey, much of which our garden beekeepers donate to the garden for sale and distribution. So this also helps fund garden activities.
We will be extracting honey from the garden bee hives. In addition, we plan to show you how honey is judged at the State Fair and may even share a little information on rendering beeswax. Extraction starts at 6:30 pm and should run until around 8:30 pm, but feel free to drop by anytime. This will take place in the Fellowship Hall at Wake Forest Baptist Church, across the street from the garden.
That’s not manna Caroline is about to eat, it’s our first round of rendering beeswax from old comb. It still needs a few more iterations, but hopefully we’ll end up with some wonderful beeswax for candles, etc. Basically, you break up and rinse any bits of old comb you have really well, then put in a big pot of water and bring it up almost to a boil (beeswax melts at around 150 degrees), making some beeswax soup. Once all of the wax has melted you skim off any non-wax chunks, and then pour through a paint strainer into a bucket. The wax will rise to the top and harden, and after a day you have your block of wax. Rise, repeat until the wax reaches desired purity.