Saturday May 2nd Noon - Latest update has Carniolan distribution window pushed back to 2:45-4:45. Please do not arrive before 2:45 PM so as not to interfere with the truck.
Friday May 1 – We have confirmation that the Carniolan packages are on the way. Distribution will be tomorrow afternoon some time. When we know a time, we will post it here. The distribution window will be two hours long.
Update Thursday April 30th
Carniolan distribution is planned for sometime Saturday afternoon. When we have an estimated time of arrival, we will post it here and send out a Status Update email. If you are part of the Carniolan order, you need to be prepared to drop what you are doing and come pick up your bees as soon as they are available. Carniolans will be distributed from Glenn Wollam’s place east of Berthoud, the same place Italians were distributed from last Friday. Directions are below.
Update Thursday April 23rd
The bees are here! Italian package distribution Friday 7AM – 7PM. Directions below.
Update Wednesday April 22nd
Distribution of Italian packages will be on Friday, April 24th – one day early, as the bees shipped a day early and are on their way. We are still working out the details, but expect to be distributing bees all day Friday until early evening. Please pick up your Italian packages on Friday if you possibly can! Given the change, Saturday distribution may not happen as described below. Status Update #6 was sent out Wednesday evening to order participants with additional information.
In case you are wondering, this was completely out of our control. We will do our best to be flexible, and ask the same of you. Friday Distribution Volunteers will be welcome!
Bees will be distributed from the home / shop of member Glenn Wollam who has generously allowed us to use his location. We plan to mark the driveway with signs and balloons.
Address: 19092 County Rd 3, Berthoud, CO 80513
Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/bKdnn
Directions from the north
The address is about two miles south of Colorado HW56 that runs through Berthoud. Weld County Road 3 is about 3 miles west of I25, Exit # 250 the Berthoud / HW56 exit; or about 2.5 miles east of HW287.
Directions from Longmont area
From HW287, take HW66 east about 2.5 miles to Weld CR1
Drive north on Weld CR1 about 2 miles to CR34
Drive east on CR34 about 1 mile to Weld CR3
Drive north on Weld CR3 about 3 miles to 19092 CR3.
Directions from I25 to the south
Take I25 north to the Mead / CR34 #245 exit
Drive west on CR34 about 3 miles to CR3
Drive north about 3 miles on CR3 to 19092 CR3
Update Sunday, April 19th – Bee Order Status Update #5 has been sent to order participants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you didn’t receive it.
Update Thursday, April 16th – We are still on track to distribute Italian packages on Saturday, April 25th. We have received a date of Saturday May 2nd for distribution of Carniolan packages. We will publish exact locations only as we get final confirmation that bees are on their way.
Update Saturday, April 4th – Our bee order has been declared finalized, and Bee Order Status Update #4 was sent to order participants.
Update Monday, March 23rd – SOLD OUT – The orders that were processed this past weekend have exhausted our allocation of Italian packages, and we have started a waiting list. We have not yet received payment for some orders, and will re-allocate those packages if payment is not received by April 1, 2015.
Bee Order Status Update #3 was emailed to all order participants this afternoon – email email@example.com if you are participating in this year’s NCBA Package Bee order and didn’t receive the email, or have questions about your order information.
Update Monday, March 16th – The numbers are dwindling, but yes, NCBA still has Italian packages available.
Update Sunday, February 22, 2015 – NCBA STILL HAS A LARGE QUANTITY OF HYGENIC ITALIAN PACKAGES AVAILABLE! HOWEVER . . orders aren’t coming in as rapidly as last year. We learned this past week that our source for bees is less flexible for late order quantity changes than has been the case in the past. We are in a use-it-or-lose-it situation! If you plan to order bees this year, please submit your order in the next week or so to get our order count back on track or we will need to tell our supplier to allocate some of our packages to someone else!
We realize that by setting an April 1, 2015 order deadline, we didn’t create any sense of urgency for people to get their orders in. We know that orders will keep trickling in up through the order deadline, and we want to be able to support that. Please help us insure we will have the packages available to meet your needs by getting your order in sooner rather than later.
Update Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – All Carniolan packages are sold – we will maintain a short wait-list, but last year only about 3 packages became available.
2015 NCBA Package Bee Order
NCBA has requested several hundred Hygienic Italian bee packages from Steve Park Apiaries again this year. An additional 100 Carniolan packages are being supplied by Tim Brod, a beekeeper and queen supplier in Boulder.
ALL packages are 3 lbs of bees with a queen of the designated type.
ORDER DEADLINE is Wednesday, April 1st, NO EXCEPTIONS! UNLESS our allotment has been sold before then.
• NCBA Member Orders will be given PREFERENCE through February 14th. Should our allotment sell out before then we will fill orders from NCBA members through February 14th BEFORE filling orders for CSBA members or non-members. For member pricing, or to renew your membership through March 1, 2016, choose the membership option on the order form. Your current membership status is always shown at the bottom of each monthly NCBA newsletter.
Pricing for NCBA / CSBA MEMBERS:
- Hygienic Italian are $105 per package. Order 6 or more packages, cost is $102 per package.
- Carniolan are $105 per package, NO discount for quantities.
- Hygienic Italian are $115 per package. Order 6 or more packages, cost is $112 per package.
- Carniolan are $115 per package, no quantity discount.
PAYMENT in full MUST accompany ALL orders. Payment may be made via check (no cash) or via PayPal – PayPal links are up on the 2015 Bee Order page linked above.
Disclaimer: While NCBA makes every effort to insure that the bees you order arrive alive, ultimately the buyer bears the risk of unforeseen mishaps.
DELIVERY is targeted for Saturday, April 25th.
The buyer must make arrangements to pick up your package[s] on the distribution day, which may end up being different from the planned distribution date. We will provide status updates via email to buyers, including any last-minute changes to distribution plans. Please make sure to provide NCBA with an EMAIL address you check regularly.
A Bee Package Coordinator is needed to manage the process of ordering, delivery and distribution of the packages. Are you comfortable working with Microsoft Excel? One or two volunteers are needed to maintain and confirm the accuracy of a consolidated order spreadsheet. MANY volunteers will be needed on distribution day, if you are available to help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have or know someone with a large outbuilding, shed or barn LOCATED in SOUTHEAST LOVELAND, BERTHOUD, Johnstown or NORTHEST LONGMONT [near the interstate would be ideal] that is about 1,200 square feet in size, accessible by semi- tractor/trailer [18 wheeler] and has multiple 110 volt electrical outlets [for cooling fans]? We also need access to a forklift to unload the packagers. IF you can help, please email email@example.com with the owner’s contact information so a visit can be arranged.