Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. September News, announcements and information

    Treat for Varroa Mites:  NCBA’s August meeting was a panel discussion on the treatment methods available and the experiences of the panelists. Getting Ready for Winter:  Our September meeting was another panel discussion on the things to consider as you get your hives ready for winter.  Lots of questions from members and a great turnout given the Broncos were playing that night. ELECTIONS are coming!  Candidates are still needed for President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and four Advisors.  In addition volunteers are needed for Education / Outreach and other coordinator positions.  The EC is looking for next year’s BEE PACKAGE COORDINATOR.  The first task of the new season is to contact potential suppliers and distributors and propose several options to the EC.  IF you are interested in managing the bee order process, starting now, for 2016, please send an email to for more details. October’s meeting will feature Dave Primer, the reigning Grand Champion for honey at the 2015 Larimer County Fair.  Do you know how to grade your honey?  Bring a small sample and we can compare it to others. ELECTIONS in October, NOMINATIONS STILL 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  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 and four Advisors Coordinators: Outreach,...
  2. 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
  3. 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 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 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 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: with the following information. Your Name Contact Information A list...
  4. 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
  5. 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. Please visit often and share your insights within our community.  Thank You Tim
  6. 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 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.

Upcoming NCBA Events

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!
6:30 pm October Meeting @ Poudre Valley REA Building
October Meeting @ Poudre Valley REA Building
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: J. Arthur Anderson Community Meeting Room, Poudre Valley REA Building, 7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, CO 80528  ELECTIONS, please vote!  Dave Primer will discuss HONEY GRADING.
6:30 pm November meeting – No Meeting
November meeting – No Meeting
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
NO Meeting, watch for details about NCBA’s Holiday Party in early December.

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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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