Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. NCBA Education Committee

    Dear Fellow Beekeepers, Do you enjoy sharing information about honey bees and beekeeping with children? Now that many schools has resumed for the 2015-2016 school year … several elementary school teachers have requested presentations about honey bees and beekeeping. While there are currently several NCBA members who volunteer to share their knowledge about honey bees and beekeeping with northern Colorado teachers and children… the requests for presentations is greater than what those NCBA members can handle! Perhaps YOU can help?!? Please contact me if you would like to be included in the NCBA Education Committee! It would be wonderful to have a NCBA member volunteer to chair the NCBA Education Committee! This committee coordinates with teachers, scout leaders, and others involved in youth programs to provide programs about honey bees and beekeeping to children of various ages. Please let me know if this is of interest to you! Thanks! Ronda Koski NCBA Volunteer Coordinator NCBA Venue Coordinator and Interim NCBA Education and Outreach Coordinator
  2. News, Announcements, Information

    Bee Package Coordinator NEEDED NOW! NCBA needs to be searching for new package suppliers in August. John Green has indicated he does not want to continue as coordinator, but will train and assist a new coordinator. IF you are interested, have experience with Excel spreadsheets, good people skills and can handle money transactions please self-nominate yourself by sending an email to ncbatreasurer@nocobees.org ELECTIONS in October, NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN The EC is looking for candidates for ALL officer and coordinator positions. Don’t be bashful, self nominate yourself for the position you want by sending your name, email, and phone number to ncbasecretary@nocobees.org. Write-in nominations will close October 12th so email & write-in ballots can be created. Floor nominations will still be available on election night, October 15th. Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer Coordinators: Outreach, Education, Volunteer, Venue & Membership Updated WEBSITE is up and running Webmaster, Tim Hardy, has been working to create a more interactive website. IF you have questions email webmaster@nocobees.org. Photo Contest: Submit your bee related photos to our webmaster by August 31, 2015. Prizes for the top three photos selected by the EC. Do You SELL Honey and/or Other Hive Products? The EC is creating a LIST of beekeepers that sell honey and hive products for distribution at the events NCBA participates in. IF you would like to be added to the list please send an email to: ncbasecretary@nocobees.org with the following information. Your Name Contact Information A list...
  3. Larimer County Fair Honey Contest

    Submitted by: Dave and Betty Primer Our NCBA booth at the Larimer County Fair was well attended this year. The most asked questions were the concern for the health of the honey bee population and where was the queen in the observation hive. Special thanks go to John Green for providing the live bees for the observation hive and to all the volunteers who provided their knowledge and time to inform the general public on vital issues facing the Bee Industry. Aside from past years honey entries, tow new classes were added, comb honey and creamed honey. All in all four beekeepers submitted their honey and all were awarded ribbons. Thank You to the following exhibitors: Edie Wright – Loveland. Comb Honey – 2nd place Hand Extract – 2nd Place Hand Extract – 3rd Place   Jack Gilmore – Fort Collins Raw Honey – 1st Place   Matt Kroger – Loveland Liquid Light – 2nd place Liquid Dark – 2nd Place Creamed Honey – 2nd Place   Dave Primer – Wellington Creamed Honey – 1st Place – Champion! – Special Award Round Comb Honey – 1st Place – Reserve Champion – Special Award   Special Thanks to the following Fair Volunteers: Bob Boggio Merry Popa Donna Schmid Charlene Barr and Marcy French Fatima and Mark Brown Geri and Gene Wolf Barbara Byrd and James Rhonda Koski Denise Fisher Patrick Miller Dave Primer
  4. New Website

    Hello! and welcome to the new website for the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association. I hope you enjoy the new look and the new additions. The site is more interactive and community oriented. We host our own social media area now with the use of the forum and groups areas of the site. I will be creating a page with some FAQ’s for the new site and how it works. Please forward your questions to me and I’ll add them to the FAQ page for future reference to others. webmaster@nocobees.org Please visit often and share your insights within our community.  Thank You Tim
  5. Open Class honey competition – Larimer County Fair

    Caitlin Jacobsen at the  CSU Larimer County  Extension Office asked that I send you this message pertaining to the honey competition at the 2015 Larimer County Fair. The 2015 Larimer County fair will be hosting an open-class honey competition on July 29. Businesses and members of the community are invited to enter their honey creations to compete for a fair ribbon! Several classes including:  Comb Honey, Chunk Honey, Liquid Honey – Light, Liquid Honey – Dark, and Creamed Honey. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. This year, we are hosting a wine and liqueur competition as well. As a new addition this year, we have added Mead as an entry class. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. Join in the FUN … Plan to exhibit your honey and/or mead at this year’s Larimer County Fair! The entry form is available at http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/LARIMER/fair/extensionfair.shtml. NO FEE to enter IF completed entry form is received by July 13. A late entrance fee of $5 per entry will be charged for entries received after July 13. No entries will be accepted after July 28. Honey judging will be at 1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin at the CSU Larimer County Extension Office at (970) 498-6008.
  6. Open Positions – help manage your association

    Elections are coming, consider being a candidate. A KEY position on the executive committee remains VACANT.  We are searching for candidates with several years of bee keeping experience to fill the position of: Vice President: Supports the President during his term and learns the job responsibilities of the presidency so that there is a smooth transition at the next election for President. Term limits require the transition to President at the end of the second consecutive term.  If there are other candidates for President an election is held.  If you want to help direct the future of NCBA as VP, and possibly as President, contact the EC and we will schedule a special election.  The full job description is available in the NCBA by-laws on our website. ALSO Two VERY IMPORTANT COORDINATOR positions are OPEN and the EC is looking for candidates with a minimum of THREE years beekeeping experience. EVENT COORDINATOR: Interacts with area organizations and schedules NCBA participation in OUTREACH events promoting beekeeping like the Larimer County Fair, Earth Day and Pollinator Week, to name a few.  REQUIRES a significant time commitment at the beginning of the year to schedule upcoming events and additional time to maintain contact with the event managers until the event is over. PRESENTATION COORDINATOR:  Interacts with area schools and civic groups to arrange for NCBA members to give EDUCATIONAL beekeeping related presentations throughout the fiscal year .  Not as time consuming as events, but requests increase toward the end of the school calendar. The Event and Presentation coordinators...

Upcoming NCBA Events

Aug
28
Fri
all-day Colorado State Fair @ fair grounds
Colorado State Fair @ fair grounds
Aug 28 – Nov 7 all-day
Volunteers will get free parking ($7) and free entrance into the fairgrounds ($7 for Ages 5-12, $7-$10 for Ages 13 & Older). Beekeepers who volunteer can bring their families… help educate others about hones bees and beekeeping AND enjoy a day at the Colorado State Fair!
Sep
12
Sat
all-day Sustainable Living Fair @ Northside Aztlan, Old Fort Collins Heritage Park
Sustainable Living Fair @ Northside Aztlan, Old Fort Collins Heritage Park
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day
$10/day, $15 both days, Students: $5/day Kids under 12 free Tickets at the entrance Sustainable Living Fair, Northside Aztlan Comm Ctr, Old Fort Collins Heritage Park in Ft. Collins, tentative time 10am-6pm on Sat, 10am-5pm on Sun Location is new venue, park is along Poudre River & bike path, use Observation Hive if available & weather permitting, http://sustainablelivingassociation.org/the-sustainable-living-fair
Sep
17
Thu
6:30 pm September Meeting – prepping for... @ The Edge Sports Center
September Meeting – prepping for... @ The Edge Sports Center
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: The Edge Sports Center, 4450 Denrose Court, Fort Collins, CO 80524.  Topic,: Panel Discussion: Getting Ready for Winter, What and When to Feed and other Fall activities

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About NCBA – Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is an organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.  We exist to provide a forum for education in beekeeping both to our members and to the general public, and for exchange of ideas and experiences.  We also enjoy some ability to provide savings in equipment and bees by purchasing as a group.  We are affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.  We meet once a month with the above objectives in mind.  Each meeting strives to discuss one or two subjects of interest in beekeeping.  Whenever possible we will discuss beekeeping and hive maintenance activities appropriate for the next month.  We also like to provide time for members to discuss beekeeping among themselves.  Once a year, usually around January, we conduct a multi-session beginning beekeeping class.  On completion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to join the association, to order beekeeping equipment and bees, and we offer you a mentor to help you get off to a good start.  If you have any interest in keeping bees, we encourage you to join us. We believe joining a beekeeping association such as ours is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to start beekeeping. By joining now you will receive our news letter as well as notification of upcoming classes and meetings.  Dues are modest and affiliates members with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. See the pages about future and past meetings for examples of meeting content..

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