FOUNDATIONAL SKILL BUILDING CLASS
BeeKeepers, Many of you have requested a class on making splits. This is a critical and foundational skill. There are a plethora of techniques for splitting a hive. So many in fact, that many bee keepers are confused. This class will demystify the process! We will hone your skills with assessing your hive(s) and review splitting techniques. After this class you will be able to choose the appropriate technique for splitting your hive.
The class will be held Thursday evening, the 10th of April, 7-8:45 PM, at To Bee or Not To Bee in Denver. There is limited seating available, you must RSVP to the following email ToBeeRSVP@gmail.com (Please do NOT respond to my email address unless it is a question) The fee for the class is $20. If you have a financial hardship, email me directly, otherwise come with cash or a check.
I realize this is short notice-but spring is approaching and we all are crazy busy. This is right around dinner time. Feel free to bring food and libations! And, if you get more then one email with this notification-my apology, you are in more then one mail group.
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Honey Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Steve Lechner, Owner of Busy Bee Farm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 10 am to 2 pm CALF’s Lowell Ranch ~ Ag Barn Lunch Provided ~ $65 per person ($15 per person of this standard fee will be donated to CALF) Do you want to keep honey bees, but aren’t sure how to get started? Then this is the class for you! Steve will cover everything you need to know from day one through the first full year of your bee keeping adventure. Seminar will cover housing, handling, harvesting, equipment, common problems, benefits, and all the other questions you have about your hive. Sign up now, class space is limited. What you will need to do: • Sign up for the class by calling Steve at 303-657-5360. • Bring a copy of “Bee Keeping for Dummies” with you. • Bring a note pad and pencil to keep notes. • Come hungry; lunch is provided. A minimum of 6 people signed up is needed by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 2nd for the class to be conducted. If this quota is not met, the class will be postponed and we will email you. Cancellations must be made no later than 5 pm, Wednesday April 2nd. Walk-ins are allowed, but spaces are limited to 25 people. Directions to CALF: From the North – I-25 south to Exit 182 (Wilcox and Wolfensberger Exit). Turn left at the light (east) and proceed under the I-25 bridge. Merge right onto Wilcox Street. Travel through downtown Castle Rock and proceed south. From Plum Creek Parkway continue approximately 3 miles on the East Frontage Road. You will pass Medved Autoplex, Crystal Valley Parkway, and Creekside Bible Church. Watch for the left turn lane into Creekside Bible Church but don’t turn yet. Shortly after you pass the church, on your left there will be a round sign with a 4-H clover in the middle that says “The Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek”. From the South – I-25 north to Tomah Road. Exit Tomah Road, turn right (east) and then immediately left (north) onto the East Frontage Road. Travel north approximately 4.3 miles past Columbine Open Space and Bell Mountain Parkway. The driveway is on the right-hand side approximately nine-tenths of a mile after Bell Mountain Parkway. You will see a round sign with a 4-H clover in the middle that says “The Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek”. Turn right onto the gravel drive
Please come and join us for this very special class on Beekeeping in Colorado! The season is almost upon us, and the bees will be coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about how you can help our fuzzy friends to make honey for everyone to enjoy! If you are interested in the art and science of beekeeping, then you need to be at this class! Greg is one of Colorado’s foremost bee experts, and he will be presenting a two hour class that is half presentation, half essential q & a that will take you through a full year of being a beekeeper; from installing your bees to wintering them as well! Fee: $35 per family, payable to the instructor in cash or check. Please register for this class by clicking on the link below, or calling 303-690-4722 ext 101. More Info: Click here to register
We meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Roxborough Community Center.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/faab5d795f2a24e9abc494c09/files/Directions_to_Rox._Comm._Cntr.pdf
This month we are having a honey bake off contest. We will award $100.00 to the best tasting honey recipe. Ribbons will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place. Break out your most fabulous recipe that uses honey, bake up enough so the club can taste, and bring it to the meeting. You might go home with $100.00!…. or a ribbon.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!
We are also having a products from the hive contest. If you have a product you make that uses pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, or bee venom, bring it – enough for the club to try , or see, (and you can sell some if you have enough), and we will decide who has the best product. The winner will receive $100.00. 2nd and 3rd place winners recieve recognition and ribbons (wah wahhhhh).
In between sampling baked items, and checking out and maybe buying some of the products from the hive, we will have a panel of beekeeping experts sitting at a table waiting to answer all your bee-related questions and dilemmas. Free advice! What more could you ask for – the best prize ever!!
It’ll be great fun. See you there!
There is so much to talk about, honey extracting, leaving honey for winter, preparing the hive for winter (done in September), and of course whatever is on your minds. I'd really like to hear from you all about what is going on in your hives, what you have learned, all that! Congrats to Del and Jodi for talking home both the Grand Champion and Champion in the honey competition at the fair! Thanks to all who entered! Don't forget to clip the grass around your electric fence, the rain is really making it grow, and good electric fencing is really the only way to be sure to protect your hive. As long as you are out there, you might as well check the water in your battery, too!