We we've received an out welcoming response from both booths at Agribition!
Its great to hear that more and more people are interested in beekeeping with honey bees.
So what's next? How do you get started? Where do you get bees? Is there any support or help when you need it? Where do I get equipment? How much does it cost? What do I do with bees in the winter?
All these questions and more can be answered at our Annual General Meeting that we have every year in March. This is where you can become a club member. We have guest speakers, and suppliers that speak and attend every year. Of course, this is your chance to chat with beekeepers too - the combined total experience of our keepers that attend usually exceeds 100 years! You'll also be to be paired up with an existing beekeeping mentor who can help you out (or, more likely, you can help them out) during the beekeeping year.
Although we continue our board meetings and community work dureing the winter months, our member events (including the AGM) happen when the sun stays out longer in the year.
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014 Time: 1-3:30pm Where: Senior’s Centre, 2404 Elphinstone Street Cost: $5/person Come out for a relaxing and low-key event with lots of time to visit other members and ask your questions or discuss the honey year. We will have an open forum to lead some group discussions and finger foods. Please rsvp to Judi at 306-761-1771 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 27, 2014.
The Canadian Honey Council announced that it has finally made available its "Producer Manual - Good Production Practices", which can be used "for the safe production and on-farm processing of honey-extracted raw or filtered (liquid, crystallized, or creamed) and comb honey intended for human consumption". Download the pdf direct from the CHC site
"The 36th Annual Conference of the Western Apicultural Society will take place mainly in the University Center of the University of Montana, Missoula.
The WAS Conference will be nested in a number of other events happening at the same time, or within days, including the 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring, a "Color Run" (about 2,000 runners?), and the Missoula Honey Harvest Festival. The WAS Conference will have a wide variety of speakers, on topics such as latest bee research from the U.S. and Canada; bee diseases; pesticides. Broadening out, there will be presentations on climate change; native and urban plants for honey bees and native pollinators; and encouraging the use of locally grown crops and practicing sustainability in crop production.
The President's Message contains much more information on various aspects of the program, which is not yet finalized. So return to the "Conference" link from time to time for updates.
This would be a good time to consider lodging for the Conference. The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel might be the best bet. It is a full-service hotel (Finn and Porter Restaurant, free shuttle from and to the Missoula airport, etc.) within walking distance of the campus. The hotel address is 100 Madison Street, Missoula, MT. Phone: (406) 728-3100. The other, newer hotels, are on the opposite side of town. They are too far away to walk to the campus and parking on campus is extremely limited."
June 22nd UPDATE! For everyone that RSVP'd to the field day - the field day is still on rain or shine! (hopefully shine). There is shelter from the rain if need be. Don't forget your juice/lemonade for the contest! Map to the orchard is here https://goo.gl/maps/JRhr2
If you plan to attend, would you please RSVP by June 14 either by replying to email@example.com or by calling Keara at 306-539-2729.
Directions are as follows: >From Regina, head north towards Lumsden on Highway 11. At Exit A, turn left and head west on secondary highway, # 734. Proceed west, about 8 km and as the highway veers north, DO NOT VEER NORTH but instead continue west on to gravel. Head down hill and on your right you will see the "Over the Hill Orchard" sign.
We look forward to seeing you there!
When - Sunday, June 22 Registration at 1:00 PM, Tour begins at 2:00(Tour takes 1 - 1.5 hours)
Where - Over the Hill Orchards - 20 minutes north west of Regina, off of Highway 11, map and directions will follow.
What - See the orchard in bloom, learn about their eco-friendly growing processes, see how they turn their fruits into delectable products and learn about their fruit breeding program. Enjoy a fresh slice of pie and a coffee after the tour and the opportunity to visit with other bee keepers.
$12.00 - bee club members $15.00 - non members
This is a great place to spend the afternoon and visit with Bee Club members. We hope to see you there.