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!
The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range. Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health. Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations. Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.
On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.
On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.
On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.
Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.
Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!
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!
Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey
Diana Sammataro will be in the area in February, and has agreed to speak at our meeting on February 20th in Berthoud. She is a nationally-known researcher at the Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. If you are unfamiliar with Diana’s work, a profile/biography can be found here:http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=31186. She also co-wrote the Beekeeper’s Handbook which used to be the text reference for the NCBA beginning beekeeping class. She was here about 4 years ago and was very well received. Our thanks goes out to Beth Conrey, who is helping to coordinate Diana’s Colorado schedule, and let us know of this opportunity. Our meeting will start with BCBA President Miles McGaughey telling us about “Shaking Bees” – how he and Tom Theobold produce packages of bees for local beekeepers each year out at Koehnen’s in California.
Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping. Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.