Big Thank you!

A great big thank you to all who attended our 2015 Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium in record-breaking numbers. This year the Symposium sold out early and our vendor list is growing.

We could not have done it without our informative speakers: Ross Conrad and Katy Ciola Evans.

 

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We are ever grateful to our wonderful vendors: Worcester Honey Farms (www.pabeekeeper.com), Mithras Candle (www.mithrascandle.com), Instar Apiaries (http://www.instarapiaries.com), Sweet Valley Hives (www.sweetvalleyhives.com) Fisher Bee Farm (www.fisherbeefarm.com) and Dancing Bee Gardens (dancingbeegardens.com) and our generous sponsors: Temple University’s Office of Sustainability and Whole Foods Market, Mid-Atlantic North region.

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2015 Natural Beekeeping Symposium

UPDATE: Online registration has CLOSED.  

We will be able to accomodate a limited number of walk-ins on Sunday morning.  
Walk-in tickets are first-come, first-served. 

Prices will be $35 general admission; $25 Guild members; $20 Temple students with ID. 


Sunday February 8, 2015  10 am to 4 pm

Temple University – Kiva Auditorium
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19122
Directions (via googlemaps) | Parking Info (Liacouras Lot is recommended)

Due to generous sponsorships from Temple University Office of Sustainability and Whole Foods Market (Mid-Atlantic North region), we are able to offer the symposium tickets for LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S PRICE for those who register by January 31, 2015!  Guild Members $20; Non-members $30, and holders of current Temple University IDs $15.  Click the following EventBrite link to register.

Eventbrite - Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium
Groups of 10 or more people registering at the same time will receive the member rate, which is ideal for other local beekeeping associations who want to organize an educational trip to our fair city! Contact info@phillybeekeepers.org to arrange the group rate.

Box lunch is included in the ticket price.  Vegetarian options are available.  When purchasing your ticket, please comment on your dietary restrictions so the caterer can provide what you require.

Tips on parking and public transportation may be found at the following link: http://campusoperations.temple.edu/parking-transportation

The symposium will feature Ross Conrad, who is a well-respected beekeeper and author of a number of books and DVDs on natural beekeeping.  Ross also runs the dancingbeegardens.com website which has a wealth of information about keeping bees without the use of chemicals and pesticides.

The first 50 ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing to have a free dinner with Ross Conrad and the Board of the Guild Sunday Feb 8 after the symposium.
 
Registration opens at 9:30 am, tentative agenda follows:
 
10 am – 12 pm Ross Conrad
Getting started with Organic Beekeeping: a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices  with emphasis on pest management.
12 – 1 pm  lunch and vendor browsing
1 – 2 pm  Katy Ciola Evans,  University of Delaware
 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and results of her 2014 IPM study of treatment-free beekeepers; citizen science.
2 – 4 pm  Ross Conrad 
Working with Swarms & Queens:  Based upon research conducted at Cornell University, Ross will share tips on understanding the swarm and how to evaluate the queen and resolve queen issues as they come up.
4 pm raffle drawing . . . socializing/cleanup 


More details about the topics will be provided as the date gets closer.  Please check back periodically for updates.
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Montco Beekeepers Presents Dr. Dewey Caron March 19

Montgomery County Beekeepers Association presents Dr. Dewey M. Caron on Thursday March 19, 2015, at 7:00PM. The discussion will be on what beekeepers, with 1 to 10 colonies, are doing for colony stewardship to reduce their losses. He will also address:

-What beekeepers are doing to improve colony survivorship,

-How your bees doing this winter,

-What PA beekeepers, who have lower losses (better survival) are doing to improve their bee success rate

-What can we do this month.

The presentation will be held at Plains Mennonite Church, 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. MCBA members in good standing can attend for free, and non-MCBA members for $5.00. For more information, please contact www.montcobeekeepers.org.

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Getting Started with Honey Bees: 3-Part Short Course 2015

Getting Started with Honey Bees

Day-long classroom instruction for new beekeepers on March 7

PLUS hands-on Field Days May 16 & July 11

Enrollment is limited to 25. Course fee includes a one-year membership to The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, text book, and lunch on March 7th

Eventbrite - Getting Started with Honey Bees: 3-Part Short Course 2015
Part 1 in the classroom.  Learn from a group of experienced urban beekeepers:

  • Basic bee biology
  • Considerations about equipment, hive set-up, and location
  • Where to get your first bees & how to put them in the hive
  • Hive management through the seasons (focus on Spring)
  • Natural beekeeping approaches & strategies
  • What is going on in a live hive
  • How to recognize common pests & diseases

 Part 2 in the apiary May 16: Suit up for a look at what’s going on in the hive.  Conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Summer management techniques, starting at St. James School.  Travel to the hives of several classmates and compare what’s going on in each, discuss, and get answers.

Part 3 in the apiary July 11: Suit up for a look at what’s going on in the hive.  Conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Fall management techniques, starting at St. James School.  Travel to the hives of several classmates and compare what’s going on in each, discuss, and get answers.

All short course attendees are strongly encouraged to participate in both apiary inspecion sessions as well as the day-long classroom course.

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Directions and Parking for Natural Beekeeping Symposium at Temple

The symposium will be held at Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia, in Kiva Auditorium located in the Ritter Hall Annex. Note that the entrance to the building is on Cecil B. Moore Ave. between Broad and 13th Streets, and that the side of the building says “Education Social Administration.”

Please follow the link to view the paid parking options on Temple’s campus -http://campusoperations.temple.edu/parking-transportation/garages-lots. The lot that is closest to our location is the Cecil B. Moore Lot (1 block away). If that lot becomes full, the next best option is the Liacouras Garage (2 blocks away). The weekend parking rate is $15/day. On-street parking is also an option and free on Sundays. We aren’t sure how easy it will be to find street parking that morning, so please leave time to circle a bit if you plan to park on the street.

Public Transportation options (with walking instructions):

  • SEPTA Regional Rail
    • Get off at Temple University station. Exit to Berks St. Follow the red “T” banners toward the center of campus (you will be walking 4.5 blocks west, most of it through campus). At 11th St. Berks becomes a pedestrian walkway (Pollett Walk). Cross 13th St. and walk another 1/2 block until you reach Liacouras Walk. Take a left on Liacouras Walk. Cross Montgomery Ave. and stay on the brick path/plaza until you reach the building that says “Education Social Administration” which will be straight ahead. Kiva Auditorium is inside this building.
  • SEPTA Broad Street Line Subway – Get off at Cecil B. Moore station.
    • From the Northbound side (coming from Center City) you’ll see signage that says Cecil B. Moore Plaza. Use the stairs to the right (toward “Cecil B. Moore Plaza”). You will surface on the corner of Cecil B. Moore Ave. and Broad St. across the street from Morgan Hall (big tall new building). Head east on Cecil B. Moore Ave. and you’ll see the “Education Social Administration” building 1/2 block up on your left.
    • From the Southbound side take the exit to “Street and Liacouras Center.” When you surface behind you will be the intersection of Cecil B. Moore Ave. and Broad St. Cross Broad St. and keep walking east for another 1/2 block until you see the “Education and Social Administration” building on your left.
  • SEPTA Buses
    • Use the SEPTA Trip Planner to find the best way to get to 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
    • Use Google Maps to get a public transit route to 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Driving Directions

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike
    • Take Exit 326 (Philadelphia/Valley Forge). Follow I-76 East approximately 18 miles to Exit 344 (Central Phila./I-676). Exit is on left. Follow I-676 approxi- mately 1 mile to the Central Phila./Broad St. exit.
      Stay to the left as you exit. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave.
    • Directions from Cecil B. Moore – Turn right onto Cecil B. Moore and go 2 blocks toward 12th Street. The Cecil B. Moore Lot is between 11th and 12th; the entrance will be on your left. You may also park in the Liacouras Garage, on Cecil B. Moore between 15th and 16th streets.
  • Northeast Extension PA Turnpike
    • Take the Northeast Extension (I-476) south to I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Take I-76 East to I-676 East, the Vine Street Expressway, and continue toward the Central Phila./Broad St. exit. Stay to the left as you exit. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave. Follow directions from Cecil B. Moore Ave. above.
  • I-95 Northbound and Philadelphia International Airport
    • Take 1-95 North to Exit 22 for Central Phila. and I-676. Stay in left lane. Follow signs for I-676 West. Exit at Broad St./Route 611 (first exit). This exit brings you onto 15th St. Stay in left lane and follow sign for Broad St./Route 611. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave. Follow directions from Cecil B. Moore Ave. above.
  • I-95 Southbound
    • Take I-95 South to Exit 22 for Central Phila. and I-676. Stay in left lane. Follow signs for I-676 West. Exit at Broad St./Route 611 (first exit). This exit brings you onto 15th St. Stay in left lane and follow sign for Broad St./Route 611. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave. Follow directions from Cecil B. Moore Ave. above.
  • New Jersey Turnpike from the North
    • Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4. Take Route NJ-73 North to NJ-38 West and follow signs to Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Take I-676, the Vine Street Expressway, and continue toward the Central Phila./Broad St. exit. Stay to the left as you exit. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave. Follow directions from Cecil B. Moore Ave. above.
  • New Jersey Turnpike from the South
    • Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 3.
      Turn left off the exit onto NJ-168 North to I-295 South. Follow signs for I-76 and I-676 North to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Take I-676, the Vine St. Expressway, and continue toward the Central Phila./ Broad St. exit. Stay to the left as you exit. In 1 block, turn left onto Broad and go approximately 2 miles to Cecil B. Moore Ave. Follow directions from Cecil B. Moore Ave. above.
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January Monthly Meeting Jan/15th

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild will have their first monthly meeting for 2015 on January 15th at 7:30 at St. James School. Suzanne Matlock will examine the scientific method and present on how bee experiments have helped to broaden our knowledge of bees. We will also have a panel discussion on record keeping for beekeepers (pen and paper, Hive Tracks, duct tape method?) –attendees are encouraged to bring any record keeping materials they have to assist the discussion. Lastly, Wynn Geary will cover the high-tech end of record keeping and data collection by sharing with us what others around the world are doing with open source hive sensors. As always, these meeting are free and open to everyone.

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December Guild Meeting (Pot Luck)

Join us on December 13th from 4-7pm to celebrate the turn of the year, as the days get longer after the winter solstice and we begin to look toward the next beekeeping season . . .

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild‘s annual Winter Solstice Pot Luck at St. James School, 3217 W. Clearfield St., will be a great event for people wanting to start beekeeping next season – come and meet beekeepers in a casual setting and start asking questions.

We have a full agenda this meeting which includes partying, followed by more partying.  Bring your family, friends, random strangers and your favorite dish to share.  A sandwich tray, soft drinks and utensils/cups/plates will be provided by the Guild – so we need a head count.  Send an e-mail to Sarah@sarahplusbees.com to tell us   

  • what food you will bring
  • how many people you will bring 

St James School has graciously allowed us to bring alcohol on the premise, so feel free to bring a bottle of your best meade, a 30 pack of PBR pounders, or anything in between that you like!

Please note:  This Pot Luck IS the December 2014 meeting – there is no other meeting on December 19th, 2014.

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