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
25
Sat
9:00 am Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained[...]
10:00 am Natural Beekeeping Session I (Be...
Natural Beekeeping Session I (Be...
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This class is for those just getting started. We will cover basic bee ecology, how the bees communicate with each other in the hive, explain why bees are a super-organism, and the importance of honeybee[...]
Apr
26
Sun
10:00 am Natural Beekeeping Session II (I...
Natural Beekeeping Session II (I...
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This class is for the bee guardian who has taken the Session I, beginner class. In this class you will learn an in-depth working relationship with the bees. The class will cover a deeper understanding[...]
12:30 pm An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
Apr 26 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beekeeping – A Hands-on Workshop Series If you have an interest in bees, pollination and/or the environment, are new to beekeeping or just thinking of bee-coming a beekeeper and you’d like[...]
Apr
29
Wed
6:30 pm Kim Flottum @ Pulliam Community Building
Kim Flottum @ Pulliam Community Building
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The CSBA, along with NCBA and Mile Hive Beekeeping Club, is pleased to present Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, on April 29-30, 2015.  He will be presenting “10 Rules for Modern Beekeeping”. On[...]
Apr
30
Thu
6:30 pm Kim Flottum @ Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Kim Flottum @ Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The CSBA, along with NCBA and Mile Hive Beekeeping Club, is pleased to present Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, on April 29-30, 2015.  He will be presenting “10 Rules for Modern Beekeeping”. On[...]
May
3
Sun
12:30 pm An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
May 3 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beekeeping – A Hands-on Workshop Series If you have an interest in bees, pollination and/or the environment, are new to beekeeping or just thinking of bee-coming a beekeeper and you’d like[...]
May
6
Wed
6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
May 6 @ 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[...]
7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCBA meeting and election scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Niwot Grange. Our organization has been without meaningful leadership since Miles McGaughey stepped down last year. Philip Bradbury and Tim[...]
May
9
Sat
9:30 am BEEKEEPING 101 @ PACE Center
BEEKEEPING 101 @ PACE Center
May 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Ages: 16 and up Enjoy a fun, fast paced introduction into the world of beekeeping. Learn how to start and maintain a successful hive. You will be able to see and handle beginner kits and[...]

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