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CSBA Summer Bee College 2019

June 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2019

Silt and Rifle, Colorado

Three days of speakers, hands-on experience, and beekeeper camaraderie with good food and mead. Pre-register now!  Early bird prices until June 4th.

CSBA has reserved a block of $115 rooms at the Holiday Inn in Silt, 1535 River Frontage Rd., conveniently close to Paul’s farm. (970) 876-5100. On a tight budget? Camp for free at Colby Farm (RSVP president@Coloradobeekeepers.org), or shop around online.

About CSBA Summer Bee College

At our June 7-8-9 bee college/meeting, second generation commercial beekeeper and lifelong CSBA member and bee guru Paul Limbach will once again show us real field samples of American Foulbrood (AFB), European Foulbrood (EFB), and chalkbrood. You can hold a frame in your hands, push a toothpick into AFB goo pooled in the bottom of a cell and watch it stretch like mucus. You can examine dried-up AFB scale stuck to the bottoms of cells. You’ll remember AFB’s distinctive odor. You’ll see curled-up yellow larvae suffering from EFB. This will be a nuts-and-bolts practical education that you’ll never get out of a book. You want to keep bees? You need to know this stuff.

We have three days of fun and education planned, in New Castle, Rifle, and Silt. Friday, June 7 we’ll have a potluck and mixer at Colby Farm, 6765 County Rd. 214, New Castle 81647. Tent and van camping available for both Friday and Saturday nights at the farm. If you have a motor home, we’ll figure out a place for you. Please RSVP for camping at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Saturday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, (1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle CO) is the big day, featuring an ask-the-experts panel; no-till farming maverick and former USDA bee researcher and pesticide whistle-blower Jonathan Lundgren; Tina Sebestyen’s update on the Master Beekeeper program and awards ceremony; a short presentation on federally subsidized drought insurance; and of course a general meeting. We’ll set aside some time to poke our heads inside some bee hives. Paul will show us those diseased frames.

This year we downsized our traditional posh Saturday evening Beekeepers Banquet to a more affordable spaghetti dinner so that we include the maximum number of people. We’ll be served by our same Chef Cori who’s hosted the Beekeepers’ Banquet for the past two years. She can cook, and she loves beekeepers! Price: $25 with mead and $20 without.

Sunday morning we’ll open some more hives and provide practical help and instruction for those who want and need it. Apprentice Level Master Beekeeper field exams will be held along with hands-on workshops for both Apprentice and Journeyman Level participants. For beekeepers who’d rather take it easy on Sunday morning, another group will congregate at the internationally famous Glenwood Hot Springs pool to refresh themselves in healing waters while they talk about honey bees and all they learned over the weekend.

Make a commitment to becoming a better beekeeper (and having a fun-filled weekend!) by signing up for the summer meeting today!


Friday, June 7, 2019 — Colby Farm 4 p.m., 6765 County Rd. 214, New Castle, CO 81647. 970-355-5256.
Potluck with featured speaker Jonathan Lundgren. RSVP for free tent and van camping: Coloradobees1@gmail.com. BYOB. Soft drinks and burgers on the grill.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 — Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650
8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and social hour
8:45-9:00 President’s welcome
9:00-9:55 “Ask the experts” panel. Ask them anything!
10:00-10:15 Tina Sebestyen – CSBA Master beekeeper awards and update
10:15-10:35 Break
10:35-11:20 Dr. Jonathan Lundgren – Agricultural pesticide risk to pollinators
11:20-12:00 General meeting
12:00-12:45 Catered lunch
12:45-1:45 Dr. Jonathan Lundgren – How to return to ecological agriculture and save our bees
1:50-2:05 Mike Browning, CKP Insurance – Federally subsidized drought insurance for beekeepers
2:05-2:30 Travel to Paul Limbach farm
2:30-4:00 In-hive time at Paul’s – Diseased frame identification, smoker lighting, mite testing, drone-layer hives, queen introductions.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 — Burning Mountain Pizza and Subs, 1817 Medicine Bow Ct., Silt, CO 81652
6:00 Social hour
7:00 Spaghetti supper. This cook can cook! Served with mead, the wine of kings.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 — Colby Farm and/or Paul Limbach Farm
9 a.m.-noon. Apprentice Level Master Beekeeper field exams. Hands-on workshops for Apprentice and Journeyman Level Master Beekeeper participants. More practical help and instruction for those who want and need it.
OR (Take your pick!)
9 a.m. Join fellow beekeepers for a luxuriating soak at the Glenwood Hot Springs pool. Don’t forget your swimsuit.


Member with lunch
$25.00 Early

$35.00 At the door

Member no lunch
$15.00 Early

$25.00 At the door

Non-member with lunch
$35.00 Early

$45.00 At the door

Non-member no lunch
$25.00 Early

$35.00 At the door

spaghetti dinner with mead

spaghetti dinner no mead

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