Summer Bee College 2017

Saturday 10 June 2017
Garfield County Fairgrounds
Rifle, CO
with Further Festivities in Silt and New Castle

Our Featured speaker is Katie Lee
PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
Midwest Honey Bee Tech-Transfer Team Lead, Bee Informed Partnership

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (preliminary)

Friday, June 9 4:00 p.m. 6765 CR 214, New CastleCookout and potluck at Colby Farm – FREE!

Bring something to grill or to share, or not. BYOB.

Meet CSBA president and Bee Culture columnist Ed Colby at home for a fun and relaxing afternoon of food and socializing. Soft drinks provided. Look for the tattered Tibetan prayer flags on the gate and little white farm house with blue roof at the end of a long oval driveway.

Saturday, June 10 8:00 – 12:00 Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle

8:00 Registration

8:45 – 12:00 Speakers

Don Studinski President, Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

“Certified Naturally Grown beekeeping”

Greg Swob President, Kansas Honey Producers

“Training combat vets to farm and keep bees”

Katie Lee, Univ. of Minnesota “Bee Informed Partnership”

12:00 – 2:00 Catered lunch at Fairgrounds

2:00 – 4:00 Hands-on demonstrations and Master Beekeeper program – Silt

5945 County Rd. 346, at Paul Limbach’s

Katie Lee, testing for hygienic behavior – demonstration

Monitoring for Varroa mites with sugar shake and alcohol wash

How to light a smoker!

How to identify common bee diseases

Don’t forget your veil!

7:00 Beekeeper’s Banquet $45 includes tip

The Beekeepers Banquet – SOLD OUT

Burning Mountain Bakery and Deli (formerly Maud’s)

Chef Cory cooks her three-course dinners using local varietal honeys.

Main courses – citrus carne asada, sockeye salmon, vegetarian creation

They have no liquor license, but you can BYOB.

Limited seating; this event always sells out!

The Burning Mountain Bakery and Deli is located on the north side of Main St. in New Castle, in the same block as the liquor store that advertises “Coldest beer in the West!”

We’d really appreciate online registration, below, so we can get an advance head count for planning purposes, especially the food!.

Colby Farm – Folks who plan to camp here should come early. Just head up the driveway, and we’ll find you a spot. If you’re just coming for the cookout, we’d appreciate it if you’d park along the county road. We don’t have a lot of traffic. It’ll be fine.

The Garfield County Fairgrounds are located on the west side of Railroad Avenue in Rifle. Just keep going north down Railroad, the town main drag, and you can’t miss them on the left. Our meeting room is to the left after you turn in.

University of Minnesota doctoral candidate Katie Lee, will discuss and demonstrate testing for hygienic behavior in honeybees. She’ll give a separate talk on the Bee Informed Partnership, in which she plays a leading role, and which provides support for commercial, sideline and backyard beekeepers. Katie studies under her mentor, MacArthur fellow and patron saint of beekeeping Dr. Marla Spivak.

Carolina will be running her master beekeeper students through their paces.

Paul Limbach’s home apiary –  5945 County Rd. 346, Silt, CO 81652.To get there from Rifle, head east on I-70 and turn off right away at the airport exit. But instead of turning right to the airport, go straight ahead on County Rd. 346. You’ll be paralleling I-70, heading east. In two or three miles the road makes a 90-degree bend to the left, and that’s where Paul and Nanci live.

Once again, the Holiday Inn Express in Silt is offering a special beekeepers rate for the event. You need to CALL to get the special rate of $85 for a standard, 2 queen or 1 king room.  Discounts are also available for upgraded rooms.970-876-5100 This special rate will only be available up to 1 week from the event, so don’t delay!

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