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Meetings, conferences, workshops and other events for beekeepers

Natural Beekeeping Workshop with Ross Conrad


Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture, will be giving a workshop at Windhorse Farm in New Germany, Nova Scotia on the weekend of June 25 – 27, 2010. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture – The Magazine of American Beekeeping.

Two full days of hands-on education in natural beekeeping methods with Ross Conrad, plus 6 meals of local, organic, seasonal food (Friday supper; Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper; and Sunday breakfast and lunch) are included in the workshop price: $235 plus tax.

Windhorse Farm is one of the sustainability “demonstration sites” for the climate change program of Windhorse Education Foundation, and should be an interesting location for the Natural Beekeeping workshop. If you would like to stay overnight at Windhorse Farm (not included) you can book accommodations with Jim Drescher (jim@windhorsefarm.org) or phone (902) 543-6955. For more information about the workshop itself, please contact Margaret Drescher at Windhorse Farm, 132 Sarty Road, New Germany, Nova Scotia, Canada B0R 1E0; email margaret@windhorsefarm.org; phone (902) 543-6955. You can also download a poster (PDF file format) at http://www.windhorsefarm.org/Uploads/Natural Beekeeping Poster June 2010.pdf.

Note: Central Beekeepers Alliance member Ellen Hawkins plans to attend the workshop, so have a word with her at the next CBA meeting if you’d like to arrange to share a ride.

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.

Maritime Action Forum on Pollination Research

Maritime agricultural producers including beekeepers, apple, blueberry, and cranberry growers, as well as those connected with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick network, are invited to attend a pollination research forum with researchers from across Canada involved in the Canadian Pollination Initiative (NSERC-CANPOLIN).

Maritime Action Forum on Pollination Research

Friday, 19 March 2010
Delta Beausejour, 750 Main St.,
Moncton, NB
Registration and networking 7:30 a.m.
Opening remarks 8:30 a.m.

The day-long session will include presentations on bee health, bee diversity in agro-ecosystems, and plant pollination, delivered by experts in native bee taxonomy, pollination biology and plant genetics. As well as having an opportunity to hear from scientists in these areas, producers will take part in working groups to discuss these important issues with researchers.

For more information, see:

Or telephone Bleuets NB Blueberries at 1-866-840-2583 or (506) 459-2583.

Field Day Beekeeping Photographs: Spring Inspection


The Central Beekeepers Alliance of New Brunswick, Canada, held a beekeeping field day for new beekeepers on Sunday, 3 May 2009, at Keswick Ridge. We unwrapped the hives and opened them up for inspection, for the first time since they were put away last fall.

Fortunately (?) there were a couple of deadouts too — a useful learning opportunity as we carried out a “post mortem” to figure out if disease was present, or if the bees had died for some other likely reason. As soon as the rain stops again, the next step will be applying formic acid pads (for Varroa mite control) to those hives that were successfully over-wintered.

Here’s a selection of photographs for those who missed this afternoon of spring hive inspection, socializing, and cinnamon buns. Continue reading Field Day Beekeeping Photographs: Spring Inspection