Beekeeping Program at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District

This class and introduction to Beekeeping is a great way to learn about honeybees, how to keep them, and their importance to our food chain. Meetings are once per month: May 12, June 9, July 14, and August 11 with two time slots (must pick one) 12:30 -1:30 p.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Cranberry Lake Farm, 388 West Predmore Road, Oakland Township. Park in the gravel lot and meet in the Hen House (long red building).

Introduction to Beekeeping $5 per person – includes all four sessions.

Register by calling 248-608-6807 or emailing

Two beekeepers work with bee hives in a workshop enviroment

Beekeeping Program Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District

Meet your local beekeeper Preston Zale

“Our first meeting will be an overview of bees, beehives, and how to set up a brand new hive. Subsequent meetings will touch on all aspects of beekeeping. We will cover the basics of bees and bee health, beehives and maintenance, and of course, harvesting honey. Our meetings will be held indoor of the hen house with optional trips to visit the hives in the park in walking distance.”

Preston began his hobby of beekeeping by helping another local beekeeper five years ago. Preston found the process so interesting, that the following year he started one hive of his own. This year he is managing 15 hives for friends, family, and his own apiary, Popz Beez. He says his interest in bees is part of his lifelong love of nature, and maybe a way to finally use his Biology degree. Preston also likes to share his hobby with anyone who is interested, and keeps child size bee jackets for when his grandchildren accompany him to the bee yard.


About Rochester Media

Rochester Media publishes The Community Edge digital newsletter of recently posted articles from Rochester Media, a hyper-local news outlet covering all things in and around Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. Send us you press releases and news happenings to

Speak Your Mind