May – June 2014
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!
Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel, President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists & The American Bee Research Conference from Texas A&M
Venue and time to be announced soon!
*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture
The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!
Hands-On Beekeeping Series
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, including 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 1st 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: Sunday, April 6th 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: Sunday, April 27th 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, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p
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.
Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*
Date: Saturday, July 12th 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, August 2nd 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, September 6th 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 4th 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.
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.