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

 Beekeeping:  A Hobby with Sweet Rewards

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Upcoming Events

Apr
1
Wed
6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and[...]
Apr
2
Thu
6:00 pm Spring Splitting your Hives
Spring Splitting your Hives
Apr 2 @ 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[...]
Apr
4
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 4 @ 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[...]
Apr
7
Tue
9:00 am Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 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,[...]
6:00 pm Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this class the first rule with any swarm is safety. How locate and identify wild hives in your area. Different methods for capturing swarms and why. Swarm traps and more. $35 per couple Classes[...]
Apr
8
Wed
6:00 pm Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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. $35 per couple Classes At the[...]
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year. Other[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello Mile Hivers, Don’t forget our next meeting is this Wednesday 2/11/15 at 7 PM. We will meet at the Mercury Café which is located at 2199 California St Denver, CO 80205. Regards John
Apr
11
Sat
9:00 am Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive[...]

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