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Mar
3
Tue
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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

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Mar
4
Wed
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 the bees and what they need. This class is for information on how to get started with the intent of the new beekeeper taking time to educate themselves with future classes with us, or a bee club and or mentoring.

$10 per person
Classes at the outlet store
Wednesday Nights
March 4th and 18th from 6 pm to 7 pm

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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

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Mar
5
Thu
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 without introduction of new queens.

$35 per Couple
Classes At the Outlet Store
Thursday Nights

March 5th and 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 2nd and 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Pagosa Springs @ 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.

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Mar
7
Sat
Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association 2015 Beekeeping School @ 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 assembly and honey extraction. Bee biology and the skills to manage your bees through the four seasons, including disease management, will be covered. All lectures are presented by local beekeepers with years of collective knowledge.

Whether you are interested in keeping your own colonies, or simply wanting to know more about these fascinating creatures and their wonderful product – honey, this easy-to-follow course will open a new door into the natural world for you.

PPBA April 2014 Meeting Announcement

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Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping @ 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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

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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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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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
March 7th and 21st from 10 am to 12 pm
April 4th and 18th from 10 am to 12 pm

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Mar
10
Tue
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Mar 10 @ 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 At the Outlet Store
Tuesday Nights
March 10th or the 24th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 7th or the 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Mar
11
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Good morning beekeepers! This is a reminder that Women Who Bee will continue meeting with Mile Hive Bee Club until the warmer months when we will add a few field trips.

Mile Hive Bee Club (milehivebeeclub.org) will have their next meeting Wednesday, MARCH 11 AT 7:00 PM at MERCURY CAFÉ, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205. They will be collecting annual dues of $25 which includes membership in CSBA and WWB.

I hope you can join us!

Stephanie

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Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 11 @ 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 Outlet Store
Wednesday Nights
March 11th and 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 1st and 15th

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mar 11 @ 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

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Mar
13
Fri
Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Durango @ Community Center
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Durango Beginning Beekeeping Classes; La Plata City extension hall, Friday March 13th, 6:30-8:30, Sat. March 21st, 10-noon, Sat, March 28th, 1-3 PM. Series = $50 per family.

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Mar
14
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Durango @ Community Center
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Durango Beginning Beekeeping Classes; La Plata City extension hall, Friday March 13th, 6:30-8:30, Sat. March 21st, 10-noon, Sat, March 28th, 1-3 PM. Series = $50 per family.

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Mar
16
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

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Mar
17
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Mar 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

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Mar
19
Thu
Spring Splitting your Hives
Mar 19 @ 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 without introduction of new queens.

$35 per Couple
Classes At the Outlet Store
Thursday Nights

March 5th and 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 2nd and 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Mar
21
Sat
Wyoming Bee College @ Laramie County Community College
Mar 21 @ 7:45 am – Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm

2 DAY EVENT!

The Wyoming Bee College is held at Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, in the Conferences and Institutes Building and is a joint effort between the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension and the Laramie County Conservation District, supported by a grant from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Grant.

Purchase Tickets here

Download the complete 2 day schedule (PDF)

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Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 21 @ 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
March 7th and 21st from 10 am to 12 pm
April 4th and 18th from 10 am to 12 pm

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Beginning Beekeeping Classes, Durango @ Community Center
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Durango Beginning Beekeeping Classes; La Plata City extension hall, Friday March 13th, 6:30-8:30, Sat. March 21st, 10-noon, Sat, March 28th, 1-3 PM. Series = $50 per family.

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Mar
24
Tue
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Mar 24 @ 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 At the Outlet Store
Tuesday Nights
March 10th or the 24th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 7th or the 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Mar
25
Wed
Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 25 @ 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 Outlet Store
Wednesday Nights
March 11th and 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 1st and 15th

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Mar
31
Tue
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

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Apr
1
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Apr 1 @ 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

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Apr
2
Thu
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 without introduction of new queens.

$35 per Couple
Classes At the Outlet Store
Thursday Nights

March 5th and 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 2nd and 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Apr
4
Sat
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
March 7th and 21st from 10 am to 12 pm
April 4th and 18th from 10 am to 12 pm

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Apr
7
Tue
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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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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 At the Outlet Store
Tuesday Nights
March 10th or the 24th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 7th or the 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm

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Apr
8
Wed
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 Outlet Store
Wednesday Nights
March 11th and 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm
April 1st and 15th

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

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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

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Apr
11
Sat
7th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival
Apr 11 – Apr 12 all-day

More details to come.

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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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

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Apr
18
Sat
Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 18 @ 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
March 7th and 21st from 10 am to 12 pm
April 4th and 18th from 10 am to 12 pm

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Apr
20
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

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Apr
21
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Apr 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

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Apr
25
Sat
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Digg This
May
5
Tue
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

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May
6
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
May 6 @ 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

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May
7
Thu
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
May 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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

Digg This
May
13
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

Digg This
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
May 13 @ 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

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May
16
Sat
Natural Bee Guardianship Workshops with Corwin Bell Session I
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Natural Bee Guardianship Workshops with Corwin Bell

Carbondale, CO

Held at Sustainable Settings

Session l
May 16, 2015 (Saturday)
10am -3pm (Potluck Lunch)
$75

Session ll
May 17, 2015 (Sunday)
10am -3pm (Potluck Lunch)
$75

To register for the Carbondale classes through Sustainable Settings
Phone: 970-963-6107 or
Email: rose@sustainablesettings.org

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May
17
Sun
Natural Bee Guardianship Workshops with Corwin Bell Session II
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Natural Bee Guardianship Workshops with Corwin Bell

Carbondale, CO

Held at Sustainable Settings

Session l
May 16, 2015 (Saturday)
10am -3pm (Potluck Lunch)
$75

Session ll
May 17, 2015 (Sunday)
10am -3pm (Potluck Lunch)
$75

To register for the Carbondale classes through Sustainable Settings
Phone: 970-963-6107 or
Email: rose@sustainablesettings.org

Digg This
May
18
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

Digg This
May
19
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
May 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

Digg This
May
21
Thu
Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Certification
May 21 @ 8:30 am – May 26 @ 12:30 pm

May 21-26
June 4-11
Boulder, CO

Choose any dates that fit your schedule, 16 days to choose from.

Intensives limited to 4 people per session.

Out of town folks, we have recommendations for lodging and camping accommodations in beautiful Eldorado Springs, CO

More Information and Online Registration for Intensives

Digg This
Jun
2
Tue
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

Digg This
Jun
3
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Jun 3 @ 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

Digg This
Jun
4
Thu
Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Certification
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 11 @ 12:30 pm

June 4-11
Boulder, CO

Choose any dates that fit your schedule, 16 days to choose from.

Intensives limited to 4 people per session.

Out of town folks, we have recommendations for lodging and camping accommodations in beautiful Eldorado Springs, CO

More Information and Online Registration for Intensives

Digg This
Jun
6
Sat
Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Digg This
Jun
7
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

Digg This
Jun
10
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

Digg This
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Jun 10 @ 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

Digg This
Jun
15
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

Digg This
Jun
16
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Jun 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

Digg This
Jun
27
Sat
Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site* @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Digg This
Jun
30
Tue
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

Digg This
Jul
1
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Jul 1 @ 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

Digg This
Jul
7
Tue
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

Digg This
Jul
8
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

Digg This
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Jul 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

Digg This
Jul
20
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

Digg This
Jul
21
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Jul 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

Digg This
Jul
25
Sat
Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site* @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Digg This
Aug
4
Tue
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

Digg This
Aug
5
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Aug 5 @ 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

Digg This
Aug
7
Fri
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Aug 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, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping
Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees
Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I
Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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 from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II
Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons. We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p
This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care
Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey
Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students
Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p
This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

Digg This
Aug
12
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed:
1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family
2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant money
3) The guest speaker for this month will Don Studinsky and his topic will be the splitting of hives
4) Discussion of Frank and Jerry’s recent colony losses

Digg This
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Aug 12 @ 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

Digg This
Aug
17
Mon
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December]
Our guest speaker is a commercial beekeeper by the name of Tom Haefeli, great guy. I met him at the CSBA winter meeting last year. He moves his bees to Texas in the winter for feeding and to the Almond orchards in the early part of the year.

I am still hoping that some one in the club will step up and form a Hospitality committee. You could make it as simple or as complex as you like. You get to create the mold.

You will still be able to purchase bees, become a member, and buy woodenware at the meeting Monday.

I have attached a picture to this email that Bill Birz sent over to me, who knows what type bees these are????? If you know and reply to this message remember to “reply to all” so we all get the ideas and thoughts.

Bees management tending beehive boxes bee comb with marked Carnolian queen

Depending on how difficult this ends up being I may be able to track down a little prize for the winner.
Paula


Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

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Aug
18
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Aug 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

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