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June 2013

Jun 1

Beauty in the Landscape: Edible Art

Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Discover the bounty - and beauty - of gardening with edibles. Includes a watercolor session to expand and enrich your experience.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 9am to 1pm;
Registration begins at 8:30am
Cost: $45.00 (Students: $32.00)
To register please visit

Jun 8

Honeybee Disease Workshop - Morrisville State College in Central New York

Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Honeybee Disease Workshop at
Morrisville State College in Central New York

The Mid-York Beekeepers Association is organizing a workshop entitled Honeybee Diseases Past and Present to be held at Morrisville State College on Saturday, June 8 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Presentations will be given by Peter Borst, beekeeper and frequent bee journal contributor; Paul Cappy, New York State Apiculturalist; Pat Bono, New York Bee Wellness Program; Michael Johnston, Johnston?s Honeybee Farm. Disease testing will be demonstrated by members of the Mid-York Beekeepers Association. Cost of this program is $30 per attendee. Lunch is included. For more information, call 315-750-6963. A copy of the agenda for the program can be requested by e-mailing
To register, send payment to: Mid-York Beekeepers Association

c/o Steve Burton
10482 Bardwells Mill Road
Remsen, NY 13438

Jun 12

The Art of Beekeeping

Wednesday 06/12/2013 - 06/13/2013
Specialized Beekeeping Courses
Washington State University

The Art of Beekeeping

Workshops offered by Washington State University Honey Bee Program
Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & honey bee laboratory graduate students
? WSU, Pullman ? Wed-Thurs,
June 12 & 13, 2013
? Mt Vernon Agricultural Station ?
Fri, July 19, 2013
These workshops will provide an understanding of what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands-on instruction in queen rearing methods, with some lectures and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and a queen -less system will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.
Registration fees: $175
Registration Form:

Jun 14

WSU Beekeeping Short Course in Pullman

Friday 06/14/2013 - 06/15/2013
Pullman, June 14 & 15th.
Workshops offered by the Washington State University Honey Bee Program
By Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & honey bee laboratory graduate students

Join us and your fellow beekeepers for our biennial beekeeping short course in Pullman at Washington State University. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience a wide array of beekeeping topics.
Friday, June 14th we will have a wine and cheese social with honey exchange and presentations by university graduate students and others. For those interested in the honey exchange ? bring two one-pound jars of your finest honey.
Saturday, June 15th participants are divided into groups and then rotate through stations around campus. Topics include pest/disease identification and management, diagnostic laboratory activities, honey bee IPM, gloveless beekeeping, bee biology, introduction to queen rearing, and a bee beard demonstration. Lunch will be provided on Saturday afternoon.
The course is a combination of instruction and hands-on demonstration. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in. For those interested in the smoker lighting competition ? bring your own smoker and favorite fuel.
Registration fees: $75
Registration Form:

Jun 15

(IHPA) Summer Field Day

The Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) Summer Field Day will be held Saturday June 15th in Clemons, Iowa. Our guest speakers will be Becky Tipton and Joli Winer from NEKBA.

Jun 15

2nd Annual California Honey Harvest Festival

Saturday 06/15/2013 - 06/16/2013
Join Bennett?s Honey Farm & Fillmore and Western Railway on Father?s Day Weekend, June 15th and 16th, for the 2nd Annual California Honey Harvest Festival in downtown Fillmore, California! Ride the train to our farm where you can tour our facility. There will be food and craft vendors as well as a sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society event cook-off! All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. For more info contact OR

Jun 15

Colorado State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting will be held in Silt, CO on the western slope, Saturday, June 15th from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Keynote speakers and subjects for this year will be:
Project Apis M??Seeds for Bees? Forage Project
Dr. Dewey Caron??The Indispensable Pollinating Honey Bee? He will discuss the essential role honey bees play in planned crop pollination, a survey of beekeeper compensation for pollination colony rental, and conclude with a look at some additional pollinators.
?Reading the Colony Brood Frame? This interactive workshop will demonstrate how skillful reading of brood frames can improve bee colony stewardship.
Dr. Ron Fessenden? Honey?The ?Gold Standard? Brain Fuel
Breakout Sessions this year will include:
Miles McGaughey?The ?Beeline? Box?How to cleverly find a wild hive
Kristina Williams?Successful Queen Introduction

Jun 17

Illinois Beekeeping Institute

Monday 06/17/2013 - 06/21/2013
Beekeeping Institute June 17-21, 2013. The Beekeeping Institute is a series of classes over the course of five days to make you a well rounded, knowledgeable beekeeper. This week long institute is held at our honey bee facility in our new classroom building. Here?s the schedule:

Day 1 Monday: Basic Beekeeping
Day 2 Tuesday: Practical Beekeeping
Day 3 Wednesday: Advanced Beekeeping
Day 4 Thursday: Queen Rearing
Day 5 Friday: Insect Photography

EAS certified master beekeeper David Burns will teach along with other beekeeping experts. Lunch is included, as well as a workbook.
If you want to attend only one day, please call in to secure you seat. 217-427-2678 or visit online at:
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms will be presenting their popular queen rearing course Saturday June 29, 2013 9am - 3pm at their new Educational Center in East Central Illinois. Every beekeeper can benefit greatly from learning to raise their own queens. With constant struggles with queenlessness and queens disappearing, it?s time to take the next step and stop buying queens and start raising your own! It will be worth the investment. Join EAS certified master beekeeper and queen rearer David Burns for the whole day as he teaches you how to raise queens. Call to register 217-427-2678 or visit online at:

Jun 21

First Bee City USA to Host Bee City Immersion

Friday 06/21/2013 - 06/30/2013
First Bee City USA to Host Bee City Immersion:
Proliferating Bee-Friendly Communities Across the Country

Ashevillage Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable solutions in action, has partnered with the Center for Honeybee Research and the country's first Bee City USA, to bring together leaders from around the country to Asheville, NC, as they establish a national network of sister Bee Cities. The Bee City USA Immersion runs twice during 2013: June 21-30 and August 16-25.
Pollinators provide a vital ecosystem service: one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. Action is required to protect them and the environment in which they thrive to prevent our food system from collapse. Asheville is a community that has a thriving local food culture with some of the largest bee clubs and best bee schools in the nation. Home to the Center for Honeybee Research, in June of 2012 the city adopted the title of the first Bee City USA? in the country, but more importantly the responsibility that being a Bee City USA designee entails-leadership that sustain pollinators. The Bee City USA Immersion will share Asheville's wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and success with community leadership teams from other bee active cities from across the country. The goal is to explore, immerse and activate the mission and vision of the Bee City USA initiative, making the world safer for pollinators, one city at a time. Participants will come together to strategize and pioneer the first of a network of sister bee cities around the country.
The Immersion will be comprised of: strategic planning, meet-the-­experts and project peer review; tours and field trips; workshops, demonstrations and knowledge sharing; and, of course, eating plenty of bee-­pollinated cuisine! Following the Immersion, the teams of city representatives will return home to activate the Bee City USA initiative in their own communities. Unique in its delivery and collaborative approach, this Immersion is a one-­of-­a-­kind experience for those who are dedicated to establishing or advancing vibrant pollinator communities.
Each Immersion will host 16 participants for an immersive experience. Participants will apply with: 1) Dedication to implement the Bee City USA initiative in their own community; 2) A team of three participating city representatives who will work together following the Immersion; 3) Ideally, one practicing beekeeper, one planning or policy-­related person, and one community organizer; 4) A team of people who are 21 years, or older, and can walk around comfortably.
Participants will stay at the Ashevillage Sanctuary: Downtown's EcoSweet Retreat, a premier one-­acre, eco-­urban demonstration site and living-­learning laboratory with a neighborhood CSA and guest house in downtown Asheville. Participants will leave buzzing with inspiration and knowledge to grow pollinator-­friendly communities.
For further information on the Ashevillage Institute please visit: Follow us on Twitter @Ashevillage. Join the Facebook group. For information about the Bee City USA initiative, visit Bee City USA.
For further inquiries about the Bee City USA Immersion contact: Margaret Marchuk, 828.669.5447,

Jun 21

60th Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers' Field Day - Alberta, Canada

Friday 10:00 AM
The 60th Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers' Field Day will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Research Farm in Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada.
The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will include outdoor demonstrations, as well as talks from professionals on the latest findings in bee research.
Don't miss the FREE noon BBQ sponsored by honey industry members. For more information contact Dr. Steve Pernal at: Steve.Pernal@AGR.GC.CA


Jun 22


Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:55 PM


Join beekeepers David Blocher and Leslie Huston of the the Back Yard Beekeepers Association and Dan Carr of Stone Barns Center as they explain the basics of queen rearing. Topics that will be covered include the biology of queen rearing, the Doolittle/grafting method, setting up mating nucs, and the pros and cons of alternative methods such as the Miller method or walk away splits. The purpose of this workshop is to establish a foundation to get started raising one?s own queens. Participants will learn about the timing, equipment, and entire process of queen rearing. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at grafting larva into queen cups practically. This class is for beekeepers with at least 2 years of experience, who feel comfortable handling bees. Grafting kits (including a chinese grafting tool, simple cell bar frame, and plastic pin cups) are available for purchase but not required. To register, go to

Jun 23

Long Island Beekeepers Club

Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Long Island Beekeepers Club will host Dr. James E. Tew, Professor of Entomology at Ohio State University, Extension Specialist and noted author who will lead a discussion on nucs, splits, and raising queens on a small scale from 2pm to 4pm at the Frank Brush Barn located at 211 E. Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown, New York. For further information contact us at or 631-265-8249

Jun 25

Connecticut: Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Connecticut: Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Back Yard Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our 2013 Speaker Schedule:

June 25, Dinner Meeting
September 24, Toni Downs on Beekeeping in the tropics
October 29, Jennifer Berry, Topic TBD
November 19, Jim Bobb on bee friendly plants & how bees & plants go together

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more.
All events are free and open to the public.
Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Jun 29

First Annual Great American Honey Festival - Oregon

Saturday 06/29/2013 - 06/30/2013
Rogue Ales and Spirits will be hosting the First Annual Great American Honey Festival. The event will be all things bees, honey and mead.

Jun 29

Illinois State Beekeepers Association Annual Summer Meeting

Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Illinois State Beekeepers
Association Annual Summer Meeting
Gurnee Holiday Inn Convention Center
6131 West Grand Avenue
Gurnee, Illinois 60031
June 29, 2013

The Illinois State Beekeepers Association will hold their Summer Meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Gurnee Holiday Inn Convention Center, Gurnee, Illinois. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Lake County Beekeepers Association. All attendees must register by June 20, 2013; we will not be able to accommodate any walk-in registrations.
Dr. Larry Connor will be the keynote speaker for the meeting. Dr. Dewey Caron, Steve Chard and Phil Craft will also give presentations at the meeting.
The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The registration form is available on the Illinois State Beekeepers Association website,