Happy Groundhog Day!
While it is not an “official” holiday, it should be. Today is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has not seen his shadow. This means that an early spring is predicted. I want to know what happened to winter. Here in Berthoud, it has been dry and mild. Winter watering has become the norm. The girls have been out and about in droves and the first reports of bees in bird feeders started on the swarm hotline a couple of weeks ago–a solid 2 months ahead of schedule. Bees in bird feeders; bees in chicken feed; bees in compost piles collecting coffee grounds! (I swear this is where they get their “buzzzzz”.) Why do bees engage in this behavior? Quite simply, it is their nature. Bees are collectors and, in the absence of pollen, they collect pollen substitutes which is what all of the above have in common–grains the size of pollen.
It is heartening to see all of the class offerings that are on the State website! I thank ALL of you who volunteer to offer these classes and courses. It is truly an admirable commitment of time and energy and the CSBA is grateful for your efforts. As members, your class listings are part of your dues so if you have a class upcoming, please get me the pertinent info and I will promptly post it.
Kudos to all of you who volunteered at the Boulder County Beekeepers Association National Western Stock Show booth. This booth has been at the Stock Show for a very long time and has positively impacted literally generations of kids. The observation hive never ceases to amaze the masses–young and old, ag and urban.
I have been working very diligently on the CSBA website and I want you all to take a look at it. It contains a TREMENDOUS amount of information and is a valuable resource for all of you. I am not quite finished with its development but I am very pleased with the information presented as well as the ease of navigation. As always, if you have any suggestions, I am all ears. Please call or email me at 970-213-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the areas that is still somewhat remiss is the recipe section. But–I am starting to catch it up, too. So–this month you will find two delicious recipes for shrimp to shared with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. One is good and good for you–the other just amazingly good. Enjoy them both and I promise to begin a “Recipe of the Month” from here forward and may even catch up a few that I am still behind on. Of course, I am not the only one who cooks with honey so if you have a favorite recipe to share, send it in and I will post it. Increased demand is just part of our mission statement.
The FOR SALE section is chock full of offerings of nucs and packages by CSBA members. Get your orders in soon before they are gone!
The Cottage Industry bill is being taken up again by the State legislature this session. The bill that is introduced is intended to address some of the shortcomings of the original bill not the least of which is the training requirement. As you all know, I have been adamant in my objection to the Food Service MANAGERS training requirement as being both unnecessary and expensive. I am advocating the Food Service HANDLERS training. It looks as though it is under consideration at this time. I will keep you apprised.
Thank you for being a member.