Mission Statement:

The Colorado Beekeepers Association shall be composed of Beekeepers of the State of Colorado and those interested in allied industries for the purpose of producing better beekeeping methods, better beekeepers, and a more unified system of apicultural work in Colorado.

History

The state association was organized in Denver in 1880 by J.L. Peabody, E. Milleson and Olive Wright. It was incorporated as the Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association in 1888 and is affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation. The CSBA is the oldest and most widely recognized beekeeping organization in Colorado.

The CSBA functions as an umbrella organization for all other regional beekeeping organizations and clubs in the State. In addition, the CSBA is also the only organization in Colorado that represents the concerns and interests of the commercial beekeeping sector.

The CSBA functions as the main interface between State and local agencies and beekeepers.

All dues and monies collected by the CSBA go towards educational and associated social functions at meetings. The high level of cutting-edge information available at CSBA meetings often provides one of the only opportunities for local beekeepers to learn about events and concerns within the larger beekeeping community.

2016 Goals

We have more new groups forming—one in a previously un-served area of the state and we are really excited!

  • Major progress is being made on enhanced forage opportunities throughout the state via public and private strategic partnerships.
  • The Summer Meeting on June 11 in Rifle/Silt is fully booked and will feature Dr. Vera Krishik of the University of Minnesota. She will be joined by Randy Mandel speaking on pollinator habitat design considerations and our own Paul Limbach presenting a history of NW Colorado beekeeping. Please plan to join us in Rifle/Silt this summer. Pre-registration forms as well as the full schedule and biographies of our guest speakers are available online.
  • We are hoping for a new Pueblo group to form to assist us with amping up our Colorado State Fair presence.
  • We are trying to print a new brochure on “Why join a Beekeeping Association”. New stickers, “The future of the Honey Bee depends on me” are already received.
  • We are offering our first Journeyperson level Master Beekeeping certification class in April. We have approximately 20 students advancing to the next level. We established the criteria for the Apprentice level class certifications and have quite a bit of interest amongst the regional associations.
  • We will be offering the toll-free statewide swarm hotline number again this year for participating associations.