Think You Want to Keep Bees?

Have you heard about the decline of bees and beekeeping?  Did you experience a crop failure?  Are you noticing less bees in your gardens?  Do you want to live more sustainably or grow more of your own food? Whether you are environmentally motivated, hungry for honey or short on pollination, beekeeping may well be for you!

The CSBA, and its regional affiliates, offer a variety of services for new beekeepers–from classes to discounts on woodenware and package bees to ongoing training and mentoring.  Many Clubs have extractors for lending or honey  houses to process in, too.

I do not know why anyone would keep bees without being a member of a regional association or, if there are none in your area, without being a member of the CSBA.  There is so much information that you receive with your nominal membership fees.  The camaraderie and sheer wealth of knowledge contained within any of the associations is amazing!  The Associations actively provide speakers and workshops on pertinent topics throughout the beekeeping year.  Look at the CSBA calendar for what is available in your area.

Perhaps you are not ready to keep bees and are just interested in learning more about them.  TAKE A CLASS!  There are a TON of classes available throughout most of the year for the curious.  (There are few classes available in the summer as it is prime bee season.)  Look here for class offerings.  They are organized by geographical area.

Perhaps you are genuinely committed to keeping bees, TAKE A CLASS!  Even if you have read books and informational articles, nothing replaces the classroom experience.  JOIN AN ASSOCIATION if one is near you!  Beekeepers are a chatty group and they will provide you with a slew of alternatives to handling any problems which may occur.

Welcome to the fun, entertaining and educational world of beekeeping.  We hope you join.  We hope you stay joined.  We are committed to making beekeeping another enjoyable pastime for you.

Sincerely,
Beth Conrey
CSBA President
970-213-3099

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Upcoming Events

Feb
27
Fri
all-day 8th Annual Organic Beekeepers Co... @ YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in Oracle, AZ
8th Annual Organic Beekeepers Co... @ YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in Oracle, AZ
Feb 27 – Mar 1 all-day
8th Annual Organic Beekeepers Conference Meeting to be held at the YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in Oracle, Arizona 27-28 Feb – 1 Mar 2015. Meeting will start Friday early afternoon with[...]
Mar
3
Tue
5:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
We’re looking forward to a crowd again – but this time YOU all are our speakers.  Please come and bring observations about your hives/bees, questions that we can share and maybe answer, news about what’s[...]
Mar
4
Wed
6:00 pm Thinking about beekeeping?
Thinking about beekeeping?
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come spend an hour with us to learn about beekeeping. What time of year to start, expectations, costs involved and how beekeeping can be a lifetime hobby, joining a club, taking classes to help understand[...]
7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello beekeepers!   Just a quick reminder of the Feb. meeting of the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, this Wednesday @ 7pm in Niwot at the Lefthand Grange. Bring treats and any “buggy” friends. Peace, Miles
Mar
5
Thu
6:00 pm Spring Splitting your Hives
Spring Splitting your Hives
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April is the time of year for splits as the first calls for swarms start coming around April 10th. This class focus is judging your hive for the right time to split. Splitting with or[...]
6:30 pm Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Pa... @ Community Center
Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Pa... @ Community Center
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Pagosa Springs, Community Center, Hot Springs Boulevard. Feb. 26th, March 5th and 12th, all Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM.
Mar
7
Sat
8:00 am Pikes Peak Beekeepers Associatio... @ Mountain Song Community School
Pikes Peak Beekeepers Associatio... @ Mountain Song Community School
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – Mar 8 @ 4:30 pm
This day and a half comprehensive course covers all aspects of beekeeping in the Pikes Peak region. You will learn how to acquire bees and the necessary equipment to keep them. We will demonstrate equipment[...]
9:00 am Class I: Introduction to Top Bar... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class I: Introduction to Top Bar... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and[...]
9:00 am Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October. Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder,[...]
10:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. Classes At Wardle Feed Saturday Mornings[...]

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