Philly Beeks at the Philly Science Festival

Mark your calendar: On May 2, The Guild will sponsor a booth at the Philadelphia Science Festival.

This nine-day, community-wide celebration of science features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and more.

Starting at 10am, look for our booth at the May 2nd Science Carnival on the Parkway, which will feature more than 150 exhibitors offering family-friendly experiments, games and more. Visit for more information.



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Free Lecture: Garden Plants for Honey Bees

Peter Lindtner will hold a free lecture, Garden Plants for Honey Bees, April 30, 7:00 pm at Mandell Hall, rm 114, at the Delaware Valley University (formerly College).

Author of the book, Garden Plants for Honey Bees, Lindtner will share the results of more than 35 years of research combing his three passions, horticulture, apiculture and photography. Taken in the Southeastern and Delaware regions of Pennsylvania, his superb floral photographs are backed with botanical and common plant names as well scanned electron micrographs of pollen grains. A long-time beekeeper, Lindtner studied at the University of Delaware and Purdue University, where he gained Masters degrees in both Plant Science and Horticulture.

Books will be available for sale at $30 (cash only).

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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 (, Mithras Candle (, Instar Apiaries (, Sweet Valley Hives ( Fisher Bee Farm ( and Dancing Bee Gardens ( 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 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:

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 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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CitySolve and the Philly bee Guild, April 18

Looking for a little exercise and a lot of fun?

Check out the April 18 CitySolve Urban Race event at

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild will be hosting a pollinator challenge during the stop at the Whole Foods Market Callowhill! Plus a portion of the proceeds will to go the Guild, supporting its mission to promote local and sustainable apiculture. #ShareTheBuzz

Visit for more information.

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April Guild Meeting: Spring to Summer Management and Survivor Stock Breeding Program

Thurs, April 16th 7:30 PM
April Guild Meeting w/ Open Hive at 7pm
(weather permitting)
St. James School

Lots on the agenda this month! First up, President Don Shump will discuss how to monitor hives during a nectar flow. Topics will include swarm prevention, splitting, and when to super your colonies. Next up, Vice President Dave Harrod will introduce the Guild’s new Survivor Stock overwintering nuc program (funded in part by what we will receive from Whole Foods as beneficiary of their 5% day promotion in March). This is happening NOW and we need support from the members of the Guild, so please come out to learn what we are planning! We are very excited to get everyone involved.

 Newbee Mentoring Program

Also, the Guild is interested in starting a ‘newbee‘ mentoring program to support and assist new(er) beekeepers. PBG Board Member Leah Troiano will be coordinating this effort, so please check in with her at the meeting if you are interested in being either a mentor or mentee. She is open to learning about existing models and other suggestions from you.

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. We encourage new beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, non-beekeepers, and experienced beekeepers to attend. Everyone is welcome!

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Philly Beekeepers Guild at Philly Farm and Food Fest

Come out to the Philly Farm Fest and say hello!

PBG will have a table at the 2015 Philly Farm and Food Fest, April 12, from 11am to 4pm. PBG President will also present one of The Fest talks.

Each year, Fair Food Philly and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) team up to create an annual marketplace for farmers and local food producers. The Fest is also a fundraising event for Fair Food and PASA, with proceeds going to support a non-profit educational and technical assistance programs for food producers.

For more information or to get tickets, visit:


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Share the BUZZ! PBG at WholeFoods Callowhill 3/31

2014-04-06 18.53.42We’re excited to share that Whole Foods Market Callowhill has selected the Philly Bee Guild (#phillybeeguild) as its “5% Day” partner on Tuesday, March 31! (This Tuesday!) The store is donating 5% of the sales to the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. And YOU can help just by shopping! We’ll be there all day showing off our expert beekeepers, bee hives and much more! #ShareTheBuzz

Follow us on Twitter @PhillyBeeGuild

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Woodenware order is in!

11035449_885602588148296_8569542118401735229_n-2Woodenware order is in!

If you put in an order, pick up is at 5070 Parkside Ave Philadelphia Pa 19124. Contact Don Shump to arrange pickup time. 267.307.8405

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