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4th Annual Harvey Outdoor Adventure Show


Harvey showAs spring is fast approaching, community events are popping up all over the place! An upcoming event the CBA plans to attend is the ‘4th Annual Harvey Outdoor Adventure Show’. So mark April 24th in your calendars and program Hanselpacker Street into your GPS (same street as the Lougheed Pub)!

The event is geared towards outdoor enthusiasts and hobbyist alike. Booths offer items for purchase from farm equipment to archery and include a great variety of groups offering information about activities- (fishing & hunting), programs (Women in Wilderness), raffle tickets and door prizes.

Admission is $5 and a canteen is open all day, not to mention we’ll be selling honey and have live bees on display! It is a great community event full of warm smiles and friendly faces – hope to see you all there.

Different Types of Bee Hives

This article was contributed by a beginning beekeeper as she was looking into the most common kinds of beehives that are used in climates similar to our own here in eastern Canada. We thought this might be of interest to other new beekeepers as well. Thank you, Jessica!

The hive that is most common in our area seems to be the 10 frame Langstroth hive or commercial hive that uses brood boxes and honey supers.

Langstroth Hive, brood box

Which is the type of hive I will use to raise bees. As a beginner, I will use the standard equipment and practices available in my area, which allow me to expand my beekeeping education beyond books and the internet to include local beekeepers and supply stores. In the event that something breaks or is lost, I can easily replace it locally too. But I am sure I will start to experiment as many beekeepers do, with equipment and styles as my experience level grows.

photo: www.caddon-hives.co.uk Different types of hives include traditional skeps, top–bar hives, William Braughton Carr (WBC) hives and the National hive used in the UK.

The WBC shown in the thumbnail at left (from Caddon Hives in Scotland) is similar to a pagoda style of architecture. Although, the exterior of this hive structure is different, the inside resembles the standard frame and foundations found in National hives.

An interesting style of bee hive can be found at the following link: http://warrebeehive.com

The Warre Hive resembles a WBC hive but uses a top–bar frame internal structure to encourage a natural formation of wax cells from the top–bar down. As the bees construct the comb, it grows in a downward direction. Boxes are added to the bottom with new top–bars in each. The bees will stop the comb just above the next set of bars. This style of natural beekeeping is further explained by following the link. It also includes plans for building your own hive.

Adventures in Beekeeping – from the Beginning

New beekeeper Jessica tells us about her first steps in starting beekeeping.

This year I will become a beekeeper and I am so excited. It is a completely new experience as I’ve only ever read or talked about bees. Since joining the local beekeeping group (CBA) last May, I have discovered a charming hobby and a wonderful group of beekeepers. Most people that keep honeybees seem to do it for the pure joy of it and maybe for a little honey and pollination.

Prior to joining the group, I’d heard stories of honeybee colonies collapsing (CCD) around the world and became quite concerned that a tiny little creature, who pollinates and makes honey, could quite possibly be encountering its greatest challenge — survival! Sadly, I knew so little about them and have no idea how I could help. I’ve learned — I’m not the only person wondering where to start.
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