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  1. Swarm Procedures and Etiquette

    February 16, 2017 – Speaker: Dave Primer; Topic: Swarm Procedures and Etiquette; NCBA speaker: Ken Nichols. Location: Kerst barn** **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. We are going to have a reflective sign with a yellow flashing light to get your attention at the driveway entrance.
  2. 2017 Bee Orders Are In Progress

    As of 2/8/2017 at 9PM, we have sold 100 of our packages and 11 of our nucs. That leaves 250 packages available and 44 nucs available. To get the $10 member savings, you MUST renew or acquire a new membership separately.  This process includes the liability waiver.  You can do this using paypal.  Start the membership process here: http://nocobees.org/become-a-member/ To order bees, go here: http://nocobees.org/beeorder/  
  3. Presidents Message – February 2017

    NCBA Members: Your club board, officers and directing volunteers, is commonly called the Executive Committee or EC. I don’t know why. I inherited the term EC and have learned to live with it. Another common name for this body of contributors is the Board of Directors or BOD. Anyway, the EC meets on the LAST Thursday of each month. Sometimes this is the Thursday that immediately follows our membership meeting (the third Thursday). Sometimes there is another week between. This can be confusing. But, it’s always just before the new month starts. Therefore, the EC meeting always has timely input to the newsletter which comes out before the 5th of the month. Not long after the newsletter comes out, the articles of interest in that newsletter start appearing on the website. In addition to newsletter articles, the EC meeting minutes are also posted on the website. This is transparency.  Literally anyone can read the minutes. The EC meeting minutes is documentation of the behind-the-scene nuts and bolts operations of our club. If you find yourself interested enough to read the minutes, I’ve got a suggestion for you.  Why not join the EC? We would welcome your participation. Weather has continued to be too warm for this time of year. That means your bees are probably eating their stores faster than you expect. Give that hive a little lift to see how heavy it is. It should feel just a little lighter than a 50 pound bag of sugar or dog...
  4. Scholarship Awarded

    Congratulations to Deborah Stewart, Graduate Student, Colorado State University, Soil and Crop Science. Deborah will have personal hives at her home and is currently working with another student to place hives at the new CSU Greenhouse and Student Gardens on Bay Drive. She also travels to Haiti where she hopes to develop a beekeeping program. Special thanks to George Ottenhoff and his Scholarship Committee, Mike Whiteside and Annabelle Simpson who worked hard over the holiday season for the benefit of the new NCBA scholarship.
  5. Thank you

    Spontaneous Thank You about Beginning Beekeepers Class! Patrick Miller writes: just wanted to let you and the many others who helped, the bee class was a hit! And it was at a great location for a large group and very well organized with all the volunteers!  Special Shout Out to Parking Committee! Our new NCBA “home” is off to a great start!  We have completed 3 all day beekeeping class Saturdays and our January monthly meeting. It’s all gone very smoothly in no small part due to Mitch Cheek and our parking committee.  These folks have successfully organized parking for 60 cars around the building.  All the arrival and exit traffic has been smooth and efficient despite the single lane drive way where everyone has to go.  Please join me in thanking Mitch and his team when you see them!
  6. 2017 Bee Order

    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 on member orders and another $10 on non-member orders. Packages shall be $125, Italian or Carniolan ($135 for non-members) Nucs shall be $177, Italian or Carniolan ($187 for non-members) Packages will have standard Koehnen queens from a California breeder. Nucs will be 5 frames as usual. Are they Colorado bees?  Answer:  kind of.  Nucs will be splits from a Colorado outfit. Queens will be grafted from the preferred Colorado queens.  These will be open mated in California, so the drones will potentially be California bees. Figure on having a mixture of Colorado and California genes. Nucs will have been treated with oxalic acid prior to delivery.  You must factor this into your chosen treatment schedule. 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.
  7. Hands-on Learning Opportunity

    Bryan Davis has agreed to offer our first hands-on training at our new NCBA home. This is the first in what we hope becomes a new tradition. The idea is to offer brief hands-on classes at the Kerst Barn for about an hour prior to each NCBA regular meeting. This is intended to be a further benefit of being an NCBA member and is intended for members only. There will be a nominal fee which will be split between the club and the instructor. This fee will vary depending on the interest and the topic.  Instructors may be members, guest speakers or even sponsors. Bryan will be teaching hardware assembly (frames and boxes). The charge this time will be $15. But, don’t let that stop you. If the charge is a hardship, then NCBA will cover you. Plan to arrive at about 5:30 on 2/16/2017 and park carefully so as not to cause a parking issue for the meeting. This is an experiment; let’s see how it turns out!  Location: Kerst Barn, 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR35 and CR37)
  8. Order 2017 Bees Now!

    http://nocobees.org/beeorder/ for ordering instructions.   Membership renewal is a separate process. Go to http://nocobees.org/become-a-member/ to do that. Be sure to include your waiver.
  9. 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

Upcoming NCBA Events

Apr
20
Thu
6:30 pm Club Meeting – Tamara Yakaboski @ Kerst Barn
Club Meeting – Tamara Yakaboski @ Kerst Barn
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
@ 5PM before the meeting:  Don Studinski will teach “Splits” $20 each;  Featured Speaker: Dan Rau; Topic: Bee Installation Methods. NCBA speaker: Tamara Yakaboski. Location: Kerst barn**; Swarm list sign up forms will be available. Bruce Rice will talk swarm catching guidelines.   The Northern CO Beekeepers monthly meeting, meeting are third thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Kerst Barn, 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR 35 & CR 37) Greeley CO 80631. East of Windsor, 14 miles off I-25 Look for the Beekeeper’s Meeting sign and light at the drive on the north side of the street. This event is open to all NCBA members and the public is welcome. Free for NCBA members, $5.00 for non-members. Social time and refreshments included. For more information visit the NCBA (Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association)
May
18
Thu
6:30 pm Club Meeting – Margaret Lombard @ Kerst Barn
Club Meeting – Margaret Lombard @ Kerst Barn
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
@ 5PM before the meeting:  _________  Featured Speaker: Margaret Lombard from National Honey Board; Topic: The state of the honey industry..    The Northern CO Beekeepers monthly meeting, meeting are third thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Kerst Barn, 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR 35 & CR 37) Greeley CO 80631. East of Windsor, 14 miles off I-25 Look for the Beekeeper’s Meeting sign and light at the drive on the north side of the street. This event is open to all NCBA members and the public is welcome. Free for NCBA members, $5.00 for non-members. Social time and refreshments included. For more information visit the NCBA (Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association)
May
22
Mon
4:52 pm Rocky Mountain Food Safety Confe...
Rocky Mountain Food Safety Confe...
May 22 @ 4:52 pm – May 23 @ 5:52 pm
The Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference will be held at Johnson and Wales University on May 23rd and 24th, 2017. Pre-conference workshops will be held on May 22nd.

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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 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 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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