The Colorado Beekeepers Association shall be composed of Beekeepers of the State of Colorado and those interested in allied industries for the purpose of producing better beekeeping methods, better beekeepers, and a more unified system of apicultural work in Colorado.
The state association was organized in Denver in 1880 by J.L. Peabody, E. Milleson and Olive Wright. It was incorporated as the Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association in 1888 and is affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation. The CSBA is the oldest and most widely recognized beekeeping organization in Colorado.
The CSBA functions as an umbrella organization for all other regional beekeeping organizations and clubs in the State. In addition, the CSBA is also the only organization in Colorado that represents the concerns and interests of the commercial beekeeping sector.
The CSBA functions as the main interface between State and local agencies and beekeepers.
All dues and monies collected by the CSBA go towards educational and associated social functions at meetings. The high level of cutting-edge information available at CSBA meetings often provides one of the only opportunities for local beekeepers to learn about events and concerns within the larger beekeeping community.
We will start out the year with a bang as the long-awaited Ross Conrad will present an advanced beekeeping seminar from 8:30 to 5 on January 24th at the Crescent Grange in Broomfield. Many, many thanks to Don Studinski for his efforts on this seminar. He went above and beyond the call of duty to get this event coordinated.
Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, will make a speaking appearance on April 29 and 30. Locations/times/etc. will be forthcoming soon.
The Summer Bee College on June 13th will feature MaryAnn Frazier of Penn State fame. Mark your calendars NOW to attend what will be another terrific meeting.
By far the biggest goal on the 2015 horizon is the successful execution of the WAS conference which will be held for the first time ever in Colorado. It will be held in Boulder on October 1-3, 2015. Details being hammered out now. Please show your support for CSBA’s efforts to successfully host this conference by volunteering as well as attending. Don Studinski, WAS 1st Vice-President, is responsible for coordinating the volunteer efforts. If you would like to assist, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-248-6677. Thank you!
The CSBA would like to formalize the liaison position with the participating regional associations.
We will continue to work on bee bans.
We plan on inaugurating a “members only” section to the website.
The Master Beekeeping program is gunning for the launch of the Journeyman (intermediate level) class. Stay tuned!!!!
Did you know the CSBA turns 135 this year??? 135 years is a really long time to be around. If you are interested in coordinating the celebration of this event, please contact me: email@example.com or 970-213-3099.
We have some really, really cool projects in the works with respect to Forage and Agritourism. Let’s see how they play out!