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Feb
8
Fri
4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is the final class.  The first 2 in the course are held on January 19 and January 26 from 10-12.

All classes will be held at the Exhibition Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

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Feb
9
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm

At To Bee or Not To Bee

BEEKEEPING CLASSES

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

Beginning Beekeeping Classes. Register now to learn everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping. (Each of these is a one-time class; this is not a series.):

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Feb
12
Tue
Encaustic Painting Demo @ 1st Presbyterian Church
Feb 12 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
The meeting will be held at The First Presbyterian Church at 350 Main Street, Broomfield, CO and the demo will begin at 1:45pm after a short meeting of the art guild starting at 1pm.
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend the meeting and demo! Theresa Beck was the featured poster artist of the 2012 Open Studio Tours in Boulder, CO.  http://www.theresambeck.com
She is a beekeeper and uses the wax from her hives to paint in encaustics. Come join the fun!

 

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Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics

A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

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Feb
13
Wed
@ Jockey Club, Mesa County Fairgrounds
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hear from the very knowledgeable Dick Nunamaker on “Why Bees Get Sick!” and learn about bee pests and diseases!  Our meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Jockey Club at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

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Western Colorado Beekeeping Class Level 1 @ Western CO Community College
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING LEVEL 1

Honeybees are very tricky. Honey doesn’t make them stick. Find out how you can keep your own honeybees, collect your own sweet stickiness, enrich your garden, and save the world, all right in your own backyard. This course will explain the basics of beekeeping such as: equipment you will need, how to use the equipment, where and how to get bees and hives, where bees can be kept, what to do each month of the year, how to harvest honey, how to encourage native  bees, and everything else you need to know to decide whether you want to keep bees and how to get started if you do.

Instructor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. McCallister

Fee:. . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79

Date: . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .January 24, 31, February 7, 14

Day:. . . . . . . . . . .. . . … . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thursday

Time:. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30-8:30 pm

 

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Brighton Beekeepers Meeting @ Agfinity Store--Brighton
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beth Conrey, President, CSBA will be speaking

Business meeting

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New Metro Bee Club Forming! @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Attention ladies and gentlemen! It seems the Women Who Bee have inspired the general population to start a new, co-ed club that also meets at the shop. This new club will hold its first meeting Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. To R.S.V.P., please call our main office at (303) 728-4422.

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Feb
16
Sat
Warre Hive Building Class @ Applewood Permaculture Institute
Feb 16 @ 8:00 am – Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm

Build a Warre Hive of your own.

 

Warre Bee Hives are an inexpensive way to do your part to give honeybees a home, improve your habitat and produce your own honey. At each event, we have 4 openings for participants who want to build their own hive.

 

Price:

 

Complete 4 box Warre Bee Hive along with hands on assembly experience . . . $100.00

 

That cost includes lunch served the day we build.  The API gardening team will provide lunch and drinks.

 

Please send your check, made out to Applewood Permaculture Institute, to the address indicated above.  Your check must have cleared the bank before your spot is reserved.  This is, of course, first come, first served.

 

Assembly will take place within an unheated garage with the door open. Please dress in multiple layers appropriate to the weather. The saying goes that there is no bad weather . . . only insufficient clothing. We will hold the event unless there is a blizzard or something.  You will be helping others build their hives also.  Think of it like the old barn raising events, but we\’re raising hives.  You will work, hard, all day.  You will go home tired, happy, carrying a new Warre and having made new friends.  You will probably want to bring along your camera.  This is no place for children, power tools will be in use all day long.

 

You must reserve a space by contacting Don Studinski, dstudin@yahoo.com or 303-248-6677. If there is overflow interest we will keep a list and give those first chance at any future hive builds

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Intermediate Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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Feb
19
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics

A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

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Feb
21
Thu
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Feb 21 – Feb 25 all-day
Feb
23
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

At To Bee or Not To Bee

BEEKEEPING CLASSES

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

Beginning Beekeeping Classes. Register now to learn everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping. (Each of these is a one-time class; this is not a series.):

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Backyard Beekeeping @ Lyons Farmette
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm

Come on down to the Farmette for a presentation on backyard beekeeping. Our instructor, Ben Rodman is a Lyons resident with his wife Jasmine Lok.  He has been a beekeeper since 2004 and has been performing feral colony rescue and removal for several years, is a moderator of the online beekeeping forum Beesource.com, and is an award-winning meadmaker and home brewer.  We’ll discuss where to keep bees, equipment options, “natural” beekeeping, how to inspect your colony, the honeybee life cycle, and of course honey and other colony products.  And new this year: we’ll visit the Farmette’s beautiful new observation colony  where we can watch “the girls” doing their thing under glass right in front of us! We will have equipment, books and protective gear to examine, and participants can get together on orders for bee equipment and packages of honeybees for Spring!

$25 per person

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Feb
24
Sun
Beekeeping Seminar at Jared’s @ Jared's Gift and Garden Center
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This free bee keeping seminar is from 1 PM till 3 PM at Jared’s Gift and Garden Center 10500 West Bowles Littleton, CO 80127. Learn about the fascinating world of the Honeybee with master beekeeper Greg McMann and Tom Bush. There will be follow-on classes this Spring and workshops at the actual hives. You could even have your own bee hive up and running this Spring! Call the store at 303-979-2473 or Jared’s Garden Center directly at 303-979-6022 for details. Seminar limited to call soon!

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Feb
26
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics

A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

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Feb
27
Wed
CO Women who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
28
Thu
Western Colorado Beekeeping Class Level 2 @ Western CO Community College
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING LEVEL 2

The world is an unsettled place. Invest in gold. So you got the equipment, found some bees, and nurtured and watched them all summer. Now how do you get your hands on that liquid gold, and how do you keep the bees alive for another year? This course will explain the steps beekeepers need to take in the fall.

How to get the honey away from the bees

Equipment you will need to extract honey

How to use the equipment

What to do with the wax

How to clean up the honey

What the bees are doing in the fall

What the bees are doing in the winter

How to help the bees get ready for winter

How to help the bees survive over winter

And everything else you need to know to finish your first year of beekeeping

Instructor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. McCallister

Fee:. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79

Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 28, March 7, 14, 21

Day:. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thursday

Time:. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30-8:30 pm

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Mar
2
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New to Beekeeping? Sign up for our beekeeping class taught by a local bee expert. This two hour class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping, including: hive preparation, installing a bee package, how to use beekeeping equipment, feeding your new bees and hive inspections.

The cost is $35.

 

  • IN PERSON: Sign up at Wardle Feed at the checkout desk
  • EMAIL: wardlefeedandpet@gmail.com
  • CALL: 303-424-6455 and ask to sign up for beekeeping class
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Introduction to Beekeeping @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to Beekeeping provides classroom time for participating students.  Follow the link to DUH to register. http://www.denverurbanhomesteading.com/

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Warre Class at To Bee or Not to Bee @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
To Bee or Not To Bee will be giving it's first Warre class on Saturday, March 2nd 1:00 - 3:00 by Trent Feist $15.00 in advance $20.00 at the door
Please RSVP to 303.859.6707
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Mar
5
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Left Hand Grange
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Winter Business Meeting

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Mar
7
Thu
Western Colorado Beekeeping Class Level 2 @ Western CO Community College
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING LEVEL 2

The world is an unsettled place. Invest in gold. So you got the equipment, found some bees, and nurtured and watched them all summer. Now how do you get your hands on that liquid gold, and how do you keep the bees alive for another year? This course will explain the steps beekeepers need to take in the fall.

How to get the honey away from the bees

Equipment you will need to extract honey

How to use the equipment

What to do with the wax

How to clean up the honey

What the bees are doing in the fall

What the bees are doing in the winter

How to help the bees get ready for winter

How to help the bees survive over winter

And everything else you need to know to finish your first year of beekeeping

Instructor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. McCallister

Fee:. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79

Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 28, March 7, 14, 21

Day:. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thursday

Time:. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30-8:30 pm

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Mar
8
Fri
KGNU Radio Interview
Mar 8 @ 8:30 am – 8:45 am

Roger Wendell interviews Valerie Solheim on The Beehive Effect, Ancient Rites – Quantum Principles, her newly published book and four years of energy research with the hives.

March 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM  KGNU Boulder

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Tim Brod Beekeeping Lecture 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tim Brod will begin his lecture series at To Bee or not To Bee Friday evening March 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 for a fee of $20.00  This lecture is geared for 2nd year and on beekeepers.  Seating is limited to 50.  Please RSVP to :   ToBeeRSVP@gmail.com.

 

Lecture topic:
“Dynamics of Successful Split Making: Creating Queen Cells Using An Adaptive Cloake Board Method.”

 

Current morbidity rates for beekeepers are 20%-50%.  Creating splits is a necessary tool for beekeepers, no matter which hiving system employed.   This interactive lecture will explore the axioms necessary to generate healthy and viable splits. We will discuss how the use of a Cloake board can be a useful tool in generating multiple queen cells for use in splits.  And while this lecture will focus on the use of Langstroth Hive systems, the precepts taught are adaptive to any hiving technology.  This class is designed for minimally active 2 year and more experienced beekeepers.

 

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Mar
9
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm

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BEEKEEPING CLASSES

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

Beginning Beekeeping Classes. Register now to learn everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping. (Each of these is a one-time class; this is not a series.):

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Growing Gardens Hands-On Beekeeping Course @ Growing Gardens
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar and Langstroth Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 9th Time: 9:00-12:00

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 demonstration hives available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

 

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The Beehive Effect: From Sacred Fields to Quantum Fields @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 Valerie Solheim, PhD
Beekeeper, Author, Jungian Therapist
Create energy-rich zones to strengthen and protect domestic and feral bees.  Keeping or attracting bees to your garden can boost your plants’ production 5 fold.  It’s all about energy.

 

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Mar
13
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Meeting @ Agfinity Store--Brighton
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The In’s and Out’s of Splitting Hives

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New Metro Bee Club Forming! @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This new club will hold its second meeting Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. To R.S.V.P., please call our main office at (303) 728-4422.  Gregg McMahan and Kristina Williams will be speaking on the topic of FEEDING.  Last half hour will be an open forum.  Bring all your questions.

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Mar
14
Thu
Western Colorado Beekeeping Class Level 2 @ Western CO Community College
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING LEVEL 2

The world is an unsettled place. Invest in gold. So you got the equipment, found some bees, and nurtured and watched them all summer. Now how do you get your hands on that liquid gold, and how do you keep the bees alive for another year? This course will explain the steps beekeepers need to take in the fall.

How to get the honey away from the bees

Equipment you will need to extract honey

How to use the equipment

What to do with the wax

How to clean up the honey

What the bees are doing in the fall

What the bees are doing in the winter

How to help the bees get ready for winter

How to help the bees survive over winter

And everything else you need to know to finish your first year of beekeeping

Instructor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. McCallister

Fee:. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79

Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 28, March 7, 14, 21

Day:. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thursday

Time:. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30-8:30 pm

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Mar
16
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New to Beekeeping? Sign up for our beekeeping class taught by a local bee expert. This two hour class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping, including: hive preparation, installing a bee package, how to use beekeeping equipment, feeding your new bees and hive inspections.

The cost is $35.

 

  • IN PERSON: Sign up at Wardle Feed at the checkout desk
  • EMAIL: wardlefeedandpet@gmail.com
  • CALL: 303-424-6455 and ask to sign up for beekeeping class
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Intermediate Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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Mar
21
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tim Brod of Highland Bees will be speaking on queen selection for small scale rearing.

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NCBA March Meeting @ TBD
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NCBA Swarm Hotline Sign-up/Recap of 2012 by Beth Conrey

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Western Colorado Beekeeping Class Level 2 @ Western CO Community College
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING LEVEL 2

The world is an unsettled place. Invest in gold. So you got the equipment, found some bees, and nurtured and watched them all summer. Now how do you get your hands on that liquid gold, and how do you keep the bees alive for another year? This course will explain the steps beekeepers need to take in the fall.

How to get the honey away from the bees

Equipment you will need to extract honey

How to use the equipment

What to do with the wax

How to clean up the honey

What the bees are doing in the fall

What the bees are doing in the winter

How to help the bees get ready for winter

How to help the bees survive over winter

And everything else you need to know to finish your first year of beekeeping

Instructor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. McCallister

Fee:. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79

Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 28, March 7, 14, 21

Day:. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thursday

Time:. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30-8:30 pm

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Mar
23
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm

At To Bee or Not To Bee

BEEKEEPING CLASSES

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

Beginning Beekeeping Classes. Register now to learn everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping. (Each of these is a one-time class; this is not a series.):

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Mar
30
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New to Beekeeping? Sign up for our beekeeping class taught by a local bee expert. This two hour class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping, including: hive preparation, installing a bee package, how to use beekeeping equipment, feeding your new bees and hive inspections.

The cost is $35.

 

  • IN PERSON: Sign up at Wardle Feed at the checkout desk
  • EMAIL: wardlefeedandpet@gmail.com
  • CALL: 303-424-6455 and ask to sign up for beekeeping class
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Apr
6
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New to Beekeeping? Sign up for our beekeeping class taught by a local bee expert. This two hour class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping, including: hive preparation, installing a bee package, how to use beekeeping equipment, feeding your new bees and hive inspections.

The cost is $35.

 

  • IN PERSON: Sign up at Wardle Feed at the checkout desk
  • EMAIL: wardlefeedandpet@gmail.com
  • CALL: 303-424-6455 and ask to sign up for beekeeping class
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Apr
7
Sun
Growing Gardens Hands-On Beekeeping Course @ Growing Gardens
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 7th Time: 9:00-12:00

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
10
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring Miles McGaughey, Boulder County Beekeepers Association president on making splits and nucs.

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Western CO Beekeepers Association Meeting @ Mesa County Fairgrounds Jockey Club
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bob Hasse (Bee Bob) will be discussing getting ready for spring and will be talking about splitting hives and swarms.  Bob’s talks are always well done and we’re lucky to have him as a resource!

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SWARMS!

CSBA President Beth Conrey will speak on the swarm hotline.

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Apr
12
Fri
5th Annual Palisade International Honey Festival
Apr 12 – Apr 13 all-day

Click here for all the details!

 

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Apr
13
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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Apr
18
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tim Brod of Highland Bees will be speaking on queen selection for small scale rearing.

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NCBA April Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

April Meeting – Thursday, April 18 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Michele Pelanne will speak briefly about Driftwatch, the state-sponsored hive mapping program for Aerial Applicator Awareness. Our main program will be “Planting for Pollinators” – a presentation on bee-friendly flowering plants, with Master Gardener Charleen Barr and Ronda Koski; Bring your empty bee package boxes – we will be collecting them before the meeting.

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Apr
20
Sat
Michael Bush Seminar @ Utah County Health and Justice Building
Apr 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New to Beekeeping? Sign up for our beekeeping class taught by a local bee expert. This two hour class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping, including: hive preparation, installing a bee package, how to use beekeeping equipment, feeding your new bees and hive inspections.

The cost is $35.

 

  • IN PERSON: Sign up at Wardle Feed at the checkout desk
  • EMAIL: wardlefeedandpet@gmail.com
  • CALL: 303-424-6455 and ask to sign up for beekeeping class
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Intermediate Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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Apr
22
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping Seminar @ Montrose Regional Library Meeting Room
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The April 22nd program will be presented by John Sheridan of Bees in the Trees and will provide an Introduction of Beekeeping.

If you have been thinking about becoming a beekeeper – – or if you already have a hive or two and would like to ge some tips from someone who really knows what he’s doing, this is the perfect Earth Day event for you.

John will cover all the basics: what tools you need, where to find bees, and a calendar of beekeeping tasks.

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Apr
24
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Kristina Williams, president of Mile Hive Bee Club chatting about spring management.

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Apr
26
Fri
Beekeeping Introduction Lite @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Beekeeping Introduction Lite

Learn what beekeeping and local honey is about and decide whether this is right for you.  Become a beekeeper and change your life.  Taught by the owner of Denver Urban Homesteading.

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Apr
27
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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Growing Gardens Hands-On Beekeeping Course @ Growing Gardens
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Saturday, April 27th Time: 9:00-12:00

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.

 

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May
1
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Longmont YMCA
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’ll pop open some nucs and see how bees and queens are doing.

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May
8
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Association Meeting @ Mesa County Fairgrounds Jockey Club
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, May 8th at the Jockey club building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at 6pm.  We’ll be talking about upcoming events and Gary McCallister will be presenting Surprising Facts About the Bee Life Cycle (and what it means to you).  Come and learn more about bees and how you can help bees in our community.
In June we won’t be having our regular meeting, but instead encourage our members and friends to attend the Colorado State Beekeepers Association’s Summer Meeting at Paul and Nanci Limbach’s in Silt CO (only about an hour from Grand Junction – check facebook as the event gets a little closer for carpool info).  There will be some great speakers this year and it’s always a fun and informative event.  Bee sure to preregister (remember, if you are current member of WCBA, you are, by default, a CSBA member).  More info here: http://coloradobeekeepers.org/summermeeting/
Because of the County Fair in July, we’ll be foregoing our meeting at the Jockey Club.  But, don’t fret, instead we’ll be setting up small, members-only workshops on bee inspections at local members’ bee yards.  We’ll have groups for Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre hives.  I’ll be sending more info about these group inspections soon!  (Also, if you are a Langstroth hive user that would be willing to show others (a small group – you can set the limits) how to do a hive inspection in July, please let me know and we can work out details.  We’d also like to know if anyone in the Montrose/Delta area or other places like Carbondale/Glenwood would be interested in hosting an inspection (any type of hive).  Again, please contact me to arrange details.

 

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May
11
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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May
16
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Luan Akin will be coming from Tagawa’s Garden Center with plants for us to see and discuss.  Bet we’ll find some good bee plants in her collection.

We are also asking everyone to bring their bee vacs, swarm collecting devices, and any other cool bee containers you might have.  We want to show our new people how the old people (Jerry) do the job.  We’ll also take pictures of the different vacs and make a power point presentation.  That’s right!  You could be a bee-club, slide-show STAR!!!

 

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NCBA Meeting @ Jesus Rodarte Community Center
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will start the meeting with an open discussion of, followed by voting on, the proposed updates to the NCBA Constitution and Bylaws that have been tabled since our October business meeting.  These updates are intended to clarify the mission of the NCBA as well as the roles of the Executive Committee and its members; provide members more flexibility in matters brought to Membership for a vote; and address ways to handle changing circumstances that call for a response.

We believe strongly that these updates need to be approved, and will help protect the interests of Membership and promote the highly effective Association that you, our members, deserve.

Below you’ll find links to a more detailed summary of the changes and to the revised Constitution and Bylaws themselves.

The next topic is Spring Beekeeping Activities – with a discussion and open Question and Answer session.  We know this is a busy Beekeeping time of year, and want to help you be successful.

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May
18
Sat
Brighton Beekeepers Hive Inspection @ Apiary
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

This Saturday, May 18, we’ll meet at the apiary at 8:00 a.m., inspect the hives, then sally over to Azadores (in the figure 8) for discussion and refreshment.  The apiary is located 15841 Riverdale Road.  Take Hwy 7 west out of Brighton; before climbing the first big hill (about 1/2 mile), turn left onto Riverdale Road; proceed about 1/4 mile.  The single-story white house with black shutters will be to the right.

The hives are accessible by crossing a horse pen, so please bring appropriate footwear.

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Intermediate Beekeeping Class @ To Bee or Not to Bee
May 18 @ 10:00 am – May 18 @ 6:00 pm

Gregg will be holding his information-packed beekeeping classes again this year. The cost is $75.00. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break for lunch. Please bring paper and pen to take notes. Classes are held next-door to our store, and weather permitting, afternoon classes will be also held at several hive locations. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Gregg directly at (720) 934-6176 or visit his website, Rocky Mountain Bee Removal Rescue Education.

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May
29
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The May meeting will be a special, members-only screening of BEE PEOPLE, a documentary film made by Women Who Bee President Leslie Ellis and featuring local “Bee Guru” Gregg McMahan – as well as several other Colorado-area beekeepers.

It’s important that you RSVP as the room is small and can seat a max of 60 people.  Please bring a snack to share if your schedule permits; we’ll supply cups/plates/cutlery and wine and water. Please RSVP to Leslie@EllisEdits.com.

Format will be same as always: First a “round robin” of “how’s your bees?”, then the screening. Note that both activities may take us past the 9P end time. Also: Bring your calendars so we can zero in on some Spring/Summer field trips.

DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jun
1
Sat
Growing Gardens Hands-On Beekeeping Course @ Growing Gardens
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, June 1st Time: 9:00-12:00

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

 

 

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Jun
9
Sun
4 Corners Beekeepers Spring Pot Luck @ Bryson and Robin's house
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm

Here’s your reminder about the spring pot luck! Just in time for
summer. Come out and have some fun talking bees, (and chickens, and
pigs, and…) We’ll be at Bryson’s house this time, on Sunday the 9th
of June at 4 PM, and he’s thinking of bringing a pony keg from SKA, so
that will be nice, too. The club will provide plates, cups, etc.
Please bring a dish to share. Also, I know many people have plants
and bushes to share, so bring them as well, and we can all go home
with something new! Here are the directions to Bryson and Robin’s
house..
The address is 214 Whistling Horse Trail. 81301 google maps works
well. I will have balloons put out as well.

The best way I can describe it is that its about half way between
Bread and Edgemont. If you head out of town on Florida rd. a couple
miles once you have passed bread, the road is the first available
right that is a road and not a driveway after Ute Pass sub division on
your right.

I know that’s not super clear but between the balloons and google maps
it won’t be too hard to find it. 749-6122 is my number in case people
can’t figure it out and need to call.

Thanks and looking forward to it.

Lastly, Jim Bell has two sheep. He says anyone can have the wool
if they bring the equipment and sheer them. How cool is that?!

jimbell@centurytel.net
See you all on Sunday! T

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Jun
12
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Our next meeting is Aug 14th  at 6:30 PM in the ACE meeting room.
Our speaker, David, a local Greeley beekeeper.  He will share his care and
management practices, as well as pest management and feeding.  Plus honey super management.
He will show us how to make the winter covers he has been using on his hives.

 

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Don Studinski, owner of Honeybee Keep and an Advisor to the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.

Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will discuss the sometimes controversial issue of smoking the bees with slides of splits using no smoke and using smoke. Two split techniques are covered: find the queen and don’t find the queen. Thetiming and motivation for splits is also covered in the context of living with varroa mites. Audience participation with questions is encouraged while time permits. We wrap up with topics including current local conditions, feeding and what’s happening in the beekeeping world today.
An enthusiastic promoter of permaculture techniques applied to the world of beekeeping, Don comes from the high-tech world of cubicles and computing.  After a BS in Computer Science from LSU, he immediately started a career with IBM.  A decade later, he completed a MS in Computer Information Systems and contributed to Avalon Imaging, StorageTek and McKesson where, as Director of Quality Assurance and Senior Project Manager, he decided to end his time in high-tech.
Don’s current focus is on honeybees that live.  They must live among all the challenges of our time and in our local climate. Don has written about beekeeping for Bee Culture magazine, Living Systems Institute and Pesticide Action Network. He offers a year-round beekeeping mentor program which involves on-line and in-person educational opportunities. Students participate locally and from around the USA.  You can find details about Don’s products, services, teaching programs and reference articles at his website, HoneybeeKeep.com.
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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Diane Wilson an ecologist from Applewood Seed Company has been putting together flower seed mixtures specifically for pollinators for 24 years and has agreed to come out and share her knowledge with us. The second part of the evening will consist of a discussion concerning Varroa Mites. Bring your questions, answers and experiences to share with the club.

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Jun
15
Sat
CSBA Summer Meeting @ Western CO Honey
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The CSBA Summer Meeting will be held at the beautiful property of Paul and Nanci Limbach is Silt, CO.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron.

 

More info soon!

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Jun
17
Mon
Pollinator Week
Jun 17 – Jun 24 all-day

Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2013

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA), along with two of its regional associations, Boulder County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)  and Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is pleased to present Pollinator Week with special activities in the Northern CO and Boulder areas.

This year’s message is simple:  Plant for Pollinators, Eliminate Pesticides.  

In conjunction with our sponsor, BBB Seed, we have put together a beautiful publication for member use in education and outreach efforts.  Click here to view the publication.  If you would like any of these, please contact Beth at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org with your name, address and quantity needed, and I will mail them to you.  Brochures will also be available from your regional associations and at the Summer Meeting.

On Saturday, June 22 from 10-2, beekeepers will be at special Pollinator Week booths at participating nurseries to answer questions regarding bees and other pollinators.  Participating nurseries are:

Fort Collins Nursery–Fort Collins

Fossil Creek Nursery–Fort Collins

Bath Garden Center–Fort Collins

Downtown Ace Hardware–Fort Collins

Gardens on Spring Creek–Fort Collins

JAX Farm and Ranch–Fort Collins

JAX–Loveland

JAX–Lafayette

Flower Bin–Longmont

McGuckin Hardware–Boulder

Harlequin’s Gardens–Boulder

Sturtz & Copeland–Boulder

Please be sure to prioritize our sponsor, BBB Seed, as well as our participating nurseries and garden centers, when you shop for your landscape this year.

Would you like to participate in 2014?  Please contact Beth Conrey at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

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Jun
18
Tue
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

We’re headed up to Beth Conrey’s apiary in lieu of a seated program this month. Beth is the President of the Colorado State Beekeeping Association and has 60 hives. Because of availability and people’s schedules, we’re doing this ON TUESDAY, JUNE 18, and there will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 26

Details to follow but generally speaking we’ll meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 5P on 6/18. It’s about an hour to her place, in Berthoud.

Save the date!

DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jun
29
Sat
Growing Gardens Hands-On Beekeeping Course @ Growing Gardens
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site* 

Date: Saturday, June 29th Time: 9:00-1:00

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.

 

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Jul
10
Wed
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Club business
  • Recap of varroa mite discussion that took place at the June meeting. (Do a mite count before the tenth so we can compare how our hives are doing.)
  • Gregg will discuss what he has seen and what beekeepers should be seeing in first and second year hives
  • Open discussion forum

 

Since it was so hot in the upstairs room in June, we’ll have the meeting in the outdoor area by the entrance of To Bee or not To Bee.

 

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Jul
18
Thu
NCBA July Meeting @ Pulliam Building
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The program for the meeting on Thursday July 18th 6:30-8:30 PM at the Pulliam Building in Loveland is still a bit up in the air.  If his schedule permits, Tim Brod will be making a presentation on queens.  Our backup plan is to host a presentation of the film “More Than Honey”.  Either way, it promises to be a special evening, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

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Jul
21
Sun
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

The CSBA Traveling Road Show will be coming to town!  Current President Beth Conrey and past President Terry Dorsey will perform hive inspections for CO Women Who Bee members.  We will NOT be meeting on July 31st.

We will meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 10:30 and have a brief discussion on mite testing then head to the field to do some!  Bring your bee suits and some lunch stuff to share.

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