CSBA Summer Bee College

June 8-9-10, 2018

in Rifle, Silt, New Castle

Featuring:

  • A stellar lineup of speakers
  • First ever, CSBA Beekeepers roundtable. You have questions, right? Ask the experts.
  • Bonus: Catching up with old friends and making new ones!
  • Pre-registering online (below) will help us plan for enough food for everyone.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 8, Potluck at Colby Farm, 6765 County Rd. 214, New Castle, CO 81647.

  • 5:00 p.m. Burgers and soft drinks will be served. BYOB. Meet speakers Bill Collins and Sam Ramsey. Bill’s a chemistry professor at Fort Lewis College, with intriguing insights on using plants for disease control. Sam’s the University of Maryland bee researcher who turned established science on its head when he discovered that Varroa mites feed not on bee hemolymph (bee blood), but on bee fat bodies. Free van and tent camping at Colby Farm, but RSVP for camping, please. 970-984-0419, Coloradobees1@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 9, South Hall, Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650

  • 8:00-8:45 Registration/Sign-in
  • 8:45-9:00 President’s welcome – Ed Colby
  • 9:00-9:40 Hillary Eales from Meadery of the Rockies speaks on making mead, nectar of the gods.
  • 9:45-10:25 Sam Ramsey explains all about Varroa mites and bee fat bodies.
  • 10:25-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-11:25 Bill Collins, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fort Lewis College, will tell us about his research into plant-based chemistry for pathogen control.
  • 11:30-12:15 General meeting
  • 12:15-1:00 Catered lunch
  • 1:00-1:40 Sam Ramsey, topic to be announced
  • 1:45-2:30 Ask the experts! Beekeepers with a lifetime of experience gather ’round the table to answer your questions.
  • 3:00-4:30 In-the-hive time at Paul Limbach’s farm, 5945 County Rd. 346, Silt, CO 81652. Breakout sessions: Learn how to light a smoker, test for mites, look at brood patterns, identify diseases.
  • 7:00 The wildly popular, always sold out, Beekeepers Banquet: Details to follow. We’re in negotiations as I write, but we’ll pull this off!

Sunday, June 10, Field trip to the Flat Tops

  • 8:00 – 12:00 Look at high-altitude hives and some of the interesting flowers from which they make honey. Morning only, back by noon.

Accommodations

The CSBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Silt, for June 8 and 9, 2018. Price: $95. Call 970-876-5100. Offer ends June 1.

Please pre-register by June 1st, so we can get a head count for catered lunch on Sat.


    • CSBA members, including lunch on Sat: $25




    • CSBA members, no Sat. lunch: $15




    • Non-members, including Sat. lunch: $35




    • Non-members, no lunch: $25




    • Children under 18, including lunch on Sat. $10




  • Children under 18, no Sat. lunch: free




Registration at the door, 8:00-8:45 a.m., Saturday, June 9, South Hall, Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave, Rifle, CO 81650

  • CSBA members, including Sat. lunch: $35
  • CSBA members, no Sat. lunch: $25
  • Non-members, including Sat. lunch: $45
  • Non-members, no Sat. lunch: $35
  • Children under 18, including Sat. lunch: $15
  • Children under 18, no Sat. lunch: free

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