Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. 2017 early Bee Package Update

    Details will be included in the February NCBA newsletter. I’ll also make an announcement Thursdaynight at our NCBA meeting.In an effort to get the word out ASAP, I’m making this known here and now.This is informational only at this point.  We have not yet set up the website for taking orders.  That will come soon.Orders will be taken on a first come first served basis until we are sold out.  There has never been a year that we did not sell out. Member prices for 2017:Package $125 Italian or Carniolan; —————–      up from $123 in 2016 Nuc $185 Italian or Carniolan; ———————–      up from $168 in 2016 Non-members, add $10 per.  Better yet, become a member and enjoy member pricing
  2. Presidents Message January 2017

    NCBA Members: Every day I’m trying to hit the sweet spot where the temperature approaches 50F just as I arrive at my bees.  I’m delivering hard candy as an insurance measure.  It’s an effort to get them to spring alive.  Some have already perished. That’s frustrating and sad for me, especially when I can see they had plenty of honey, if only they moved to the right space. I’ll need to replace the colonies at several client locations. Here’s a shock (sarcasm intended): the bees that seem to be doing the best are on a large organic farm. We can’t see it and we can’t smell it, but poison is everywhere. Billions of pounds are spread over the landscape every year. Some of it has a half-life longer than the time to next application.  That means the toxicity is building up in the soil from season to season. Meanwhile, my organic farm bees seem to be out performing all the rest. Gee, could there be a connection? I’ve got a formal presentation on this.  If you wish to see it, please let me know. I’ve quit using the word “pesticide” because I think it’s too nice. It implies that only “pests” are damaged by the product.  This is simply not true. Poison is poison and whether it’s killing a target organism or damaging a non-target species, it’s not doing the affected any good. Check out the labels piece below. Use this down time, January and February, to catch up on...
  3. Volunteer Recognition December 2016

    Thank you to: Nancy Jones and Kristal Domenico for organizing the annual NCBA Beginning Beekeepers Class. This is a non-trivial effort requiring coordination of many volunteers.  Directly from Kristal: “You guys make my job so easy!” This is a credit to our entire class volunteer team. The smooth execution and positive feedback over the years shows the excellence with which these volunteers consistently execute their tasks for the sake of our club and for the sake of bees.
  4. Follow Label Directions

    December 2016, Bee Culture Magazine, page 63, duplicated here with permission. All About Labels by Michele Colopy, Pollinator Stewardship Council “Label directions provide valuable information. Label directions protect us, our honey bees, and our environment.  There is a direct correlation between properly following label directions and the health of our bees. The application of pesticides in and around the hive, along with other products beekeepers use to support the health of their honey bees requires vigilance.  Products can become problematic if the label directions are not followed. Synergism can be unexpected, but created when products are used in tandem, mixed together, or in-hive products are miss-applied, including use of expired products. The label will clearly state the expiration date of the product. Beekeepers have a choice of using an expired product or not; your bees are at your mercy. Beekeepers do not realize what “new product” they are creating when they combine “great grandpa’s age old fall treatment for bees” with Terramycin and another in-hive treatment. Even if “great grandpa’s age old Fall treatment for bees” is comprised of “naturally occurring” elements, it could still cause unhealthy synergism with the other products or cause those products to fail completely.”
  5. Scholarship Committee Announced

    George Ottenhoff has agreed to act as chairperson of our new scholarship committee. George and his team, Mike Whiteside and Annabelle Simpson, will govern the scholarship funds for beekeeping educational opportunities in our community. If you know of potential beekeepers that need a helping hand to attend beekeeping education, please notify George and he will handle it from there.
  6. New Meeting Single Venue beginning January 2017

    Kerst Barn Large metal building at this address: 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR35 and CR37)Greeley, CO 80631 This is directly east of Windsor about 14 miles from the I25 exit. Look for tan and brown buildings on the north side of the street.
  7. 2017 packages and nucs

    The EC has voted to provide 350 packages and 55 nucs in 2017.  That is a substantial expansion over 2016 which was 270 packages and 30 nucs.  These will be sold on a first come / first served basis to members and non-members. Our treasury will make $5 per. Exact pricing is not yet known, but when it is, the sales will begin on our website. We contacted and considered: Ale Chemist Apiaries Dakota Bees Highland Bees Lazy Bee Ranch Nobel Apiaries We have chosen to use Lazy Bee Ranch for reasons related to delivery process. We were very impressed with the emphasis on transport safety, customer service and price competitiveness. Delivery location (Thank you, Kevin Kerst): Fresno Valves & Casting, Inc 4245 Industrial Parkway Evans, CO  80620 Includes full pull through driveway for an 18-wheeler, adequate parking, covered garage bay, and enough room for members to drive through the parking area while picking up bees. Volunteers will bring your bees to your car. You don’t even need to get out. Street parking is eliminated.
  8. Special Thank You

    On 12/29/2016, Tom O’Neil decided he no longer wanted to be a beekeeper. Alas, he had become discouraged with bees that leave or die year after year. Most of us can appreciate his feelings. This hobby is not for everyone. Bees die. It can get especially difficult (emotionally) this time of year. However, this story has a silver lining and that is that Tom has donated his equipment to the club! I have not yet been through it in detail, but it looks like 2 complete 10-frame hives with deeps and medium supers; plus, some sundries like jacket and veil.  Don Studinski will be delivering this all to the Kerst barn to be added to our growing inventory. Thank you, Tom for your amazing generosity! We will use this stuff to accomplish our beekeeping education mission.
  9. NCBA brings Kirk Wester to Colorado in 2017 Vermont beekeeper Kirk Webster will be sharing his techniques for managing honey bees naturally with Colorado beekeepers in 2017.  NCBA is sponsoring this event.  Details are still to be arranged and announced.  Check him out on the web.  This event will be very special, including slide presentations as well as time hands-on with bees at various sites here in Colorado. Save the dates now so you don’t miss out.  Starting Friday, August 4, 2017 and ending Monday August 8, 2017.

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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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