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IT'S TIME! - Place bee package orders NOW!
Yes, folks. It is that time of year! As we have in prior years, El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers (that's us!) will be making a group purchase of bee packages for you. This saves you a trip to the valley, and assures you that your package got up her in good shape. We provide some training and support so that you can install your new bees (You DID get your hives already, didn't you? If not, Bruce, our second generation master beekeeper emeritus will have them for sale during the upcoming 'Beginning Beekeeping' class. So don't worry.) This year packages will be $108, this gets you a 'standard 3 pound package' of bees, a queen and some sugar to sustain them on the trip home. Note: You MUST be a member to order from us! Place your order HERE. Last year, there were problems with bee production that do not appear to affect this year, so there should be plenty of packages, but please order early so we can plan accordingly!
Febuary meeting...more info to be added later this week
Hi El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers!
Our next meeting is Sunday, Febuary 26th from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Senior Center in Placerville. Topics will include: March Beekeeping To-Do's, packages for 2017, information about our new class "Beekeeping: Now That You Have Bees...", open forum ... and time with fellow beekeepers! Come early & chat, learn & teach...
Membership is paid annually and due at start of the calendar year. Pay with check or cash at the meeting or online with PayPal. Contact Treasurer if you want to mail your check.
You are encouraged to come as early as 3:30 and talk with fellow beekeepers before the meeting starts at 4:00 pm. Our meetings are held at the Senior Center 937 Spring St. Placerville. To get there, take Hwy 50 and turn at the light onto Bedford (left going east, right going west). Keep left onto Spring St. (Hwy 49) go thru the stop sign then turn left on Tunnel St, right on Robin Ct. The door to enter has WIC over the door.
Join us in starting our 6th season!
Beginning Beekeeping - Beekeeping 101
Beginning Beekeeping class provided by El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers
Presenter: Bruce Trescot, lifelong beekeeper and Master Gardener
Panel: Bernie Ruiz, Jim Jakim, Chuck Jachens, Wendy Mather
WHEN: Saturday February 18th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Please come early to sign in as we hope to start class on time.
COST: $20 per member; $50 per non-member. Lunch is included. Register on-line or contact us if you prefer to use check. Can register at the door if space is available; check or cash only.
Location: Government Center Hearing Room Building “C” 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville
The Beginning Beekeepers class topics include: setting up your apiary, equipment and how to use it, honeybee basics, handling your bees, first year tasks and more. This class will not include the details for installing bee package into the hive; this will be covered when bee packages are picked up.
Equipment will be available for purchase at the class. Bees may be ordered at class by members but are not available to take home yet.
If you are a member and your login suddenly stopped working... please contact us! And then check when you last paid for membership, it might have expired! Not a problem, you can re-join on the membership page, and we will get you back up in no time! This probably applies to you! As of December 31, we all expired! Please renew at the next meeting.
Benefits of membership
Literate people wanted!
Have you read a beek book that you really like? How about one that didn't have any useful information? Well, until EDBBK has a library, we can at least share what books to get (and not get!). If you can take 10 minutes after you read a book and can write a quick review of a book you have read, and what you thought, it can help you fellow members.
Try to answer: Is this good, useful, accurate information? What is the audience (newbie, advanced, entomologist...)? Was it fun to read? Is it one you will keep as a reference or one you sucked dry in one sitting?
For a start, there are 3 or 4 books at the main ElDorado Library. Are they worth it? Jennifer Berry in the Jume 2013 issue of Bee Culture did a quick survey among beekeepers (hobbyist and commercial), honey bee academics and beekeeping supply purveyors. [She] asked them to answer a simple question: what books or beekeeping information would you recommend to 1) a beginner and 2) a more experienced beekeeper. Here is her list (in order of most nominations to least):
The Beekeepers Handbook
First Lessons in Beekeeping
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping
The Hive and the Honey Bee
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them
Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
The Wisdom of the Hive
The Biology of the Honey Bee
The Buzz About Bees
Some other ideas:
Keeping Honey Bees (This is required reading for Mich. Master Beekeeper)
So, are you a secret critic? Always wanted to help others get value from the club but don't want to train, or mentor? Here is a way to do that. Look to our Forum and start reading!!
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