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.
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) Summer Bee College will take place in Rifle/Silt on June 13, 2015.
We have outgrown Paul’s facility and will move to the Farm Fresh Cafe in Rifle for the morning sessions. Lunch will be served on site and will include vegetarian, gluten-free and standard offerings.
Featured speaker will be Maryann Frazier of Peen State University. She will be joined by Dr. Jamie Strange from the Ogden Bee Lab as well as by Tony Landretti of Rice’s Honey Co. and Dr. Bill Collins of Fort Lewis University.
The hands-on beekeeping sessions will be held in Silt at Western CO Honey Co.
As always, the Beekeepers Ball will conclude the day. See the CSBA website for further details including pre-registration forms, maps and speaker bios.
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Member Pre-Registration: $10.00
Non-Member Pre-Registration: $20.00
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.
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.
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.
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.