March Letter from the President
Boy, after a February like that, who needs January! An absolute role reversal for the months, in my opinion. I was able to get two-thirds of my bees onto feeders before the weather struck back–that was actually January. The final third are all running a field test for me as I have been unable to get out to them since. Cross my fingers!
No matter what, we are going to know who survived and who did not. This year, I hope you all choose to participate in the Bee Informed Partnership Survey. http://beeinformed.org/participate/ This survey has been funded for five years and this will be the second year of implementation. I heard some of the results at the American Beekeeping Federation conference in January, and you can read them, on the Bee Informed website. There is a lot of valuable information being compiled and I urge you to assist with the effort.
Have you ordered your packages and nucs yet? Time is rapidly running out! Please see the “For Sale” section of the CSBA website for all of our member offerings.
Last month, I asked you all to participate in a naming contest for this newsletter and I did not receive a single suggestion. I am bummed! Either you did not read the newsletter or you did not choose to participate but either way I am bummed. So–I am going to extend the 25$ cash reward for another month in hopes that suggestions come pouring in! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thornton Does Indeed Love Bees!
Tuesday night, Thornton Town Council voted in favor of removing the bee ban and implementing bee restrictions. There was a lot of effort that went into this result but the gentleman who deserves the most credit is Dan Finerty. He is a Thornton resident and just persevered until he got his way. Way to go Dan! Congratulations to all Thornton residents who can now legitimately keep bee hives in their backyards. I sent an email to Kim Flottum at Bee Culture asking him to remove Thornton from the “Wall of Shame”. This is the 5th bee ban to be lifted in this State in the past few years that I know of. Time to get rid of the rest of them!
If you have a bee ban in the community in which you live, consider being the next Dan Finerty and begin the process of removing that ban. There really is not any good reason to keep them on the books. The CSBA, as well as your regional associations, stand ready to help.
SB 12-048, the “Local Foods, Local Jobs” act, will allow us to bottle up to $5000 in net sales of honey out of a home kitchen. It has passed the Senate at this time–with only one negative vote! I just looked at the Colorado General assembly website, and it looks to have also made it out of the House Committee. Unfortunately, it looks as though the labeling requirement for honey remains. Rats!–but still progress. You may read the bill yourself here:
The second bill is HB 12-1027. This one is being referred to as the “Cupcake Bill”. This bill addresses different aspects of home kitchen preparation from the Senate bill in that it mandates registration at the County level. It passed the House on a unanimous vote so it is heading to the Senate. You may read the bill yourself here:
Colorado lost two members of our beekeeping community late last year.
Janet Macpherson was president of the Northern Colorado Beekeeping Association for several years previous to me and was the reason that I joined that organization. I attended her memorial service and was impressed with the sheer number of people whose lives she had touched. There were folks there who knew her in many different capacities and the stories shared were poignant. I will miss her. Her obituary may be found here: http://obit.bohlenderfuneralchapel.com/obitdisplay.html?task=Print&id=990566&listing=Current
Immediately following the news of Janet, I received notice of yet another premature death in Loveland. Dave Johnson, an avid sideliner, was killed in a work-related accident. His obituary may be found here: http://www.reporterherald.com/milestones/loveland-obituaries/ci_19358217 He, too, will be sorely missed.
A big THANK YOU to BCBA member, Jennifer Cornell, for volunteering to help with the website by providing me with up-to-date information for the various categories.
Have you been on the NEW State website? If not, you should! I have put a TON of information out there and it really is functional right now. Lots of folks are signing up for the forums, too. This will be a very important part of the site so take a little time right now to sign yourself up. When spring and summer roll around, you will be glad you did.
And did I mention that PayPal is up and running for your membership dues? Well, it is and I thank everyone who was involved in getting that feat accomplished. I tell ya’, we’re unstoppable!
As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have. Thank you for being a member.