Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper


Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator

(732) 349-6200 ext. 5912


Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper

with Author Marina Marchese


Join us at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Thursday,

Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., for a charming and personal account of abandoning the rat race to live blissfully as a beekeeper and honey entrepreneur—plus everything you’d ever want to know about bees!


Ten years ago, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. Surprised to find that allowing docile honeybees to crawl across her hands instilled a serene tranquility and comfort, Marina quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened her own business. Today, Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country.


Marina Marchese’s book, Honeybee, is not only a warm and inspiring story of one woman’s intimate experience with honeybees (arguably the most industrious creatures on earth) but it is also bursting with fascinating and practical information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping, and honey, including life inside the beehive and the role of the queen, drones, and workers; how bees make honey; pollination and its importance in sustaining life; building a beehive; hiving and keeping honeybees; harvesting honey and comb; healing with honey and the practice of apitherapy; and much, much more. Recipes for food, drink, and personal care products are included throughout. Also included is a detailed appendix of 75 different varieties of honey.


About the Author

C. Marina Marchese is the founder and owner of Red Bee Honey, purveyors of honey and honey related products.  She has been keeping bees for more than nine years.  Red Bee products can be found in gourmet food shops and in the finest restaurants all over the country including Murray’s Cheese Shop, The Four Seasons Restaurant, Eleven Madison, The BLT Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton in New York and Winvian, the exclusive resort Litchfield, CT.  Marina is certified by the American Apitherapy Society and has trained as a honey Judge at the University of Georgia.  She serves on the board of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association in Connecticut.  She has written for Bee Culture Magazine and The Journal of American Apitherapy Society.  Red Bee Honey was the cover story of The American Bee Journal in 2004.  A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, she is also an award-winning illustrator and designer.


For more information, or to register for this program, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org  or call (732)349-6200.



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