Mar 3 – Deadline EXTENDED – Beekeeping Supplies Group Order (Save Money)

DUE TO SNOW THE PICKUP DATE IS DELAYED UNTIL MARCH 6 or so.  Therefore you can still call in your orders to Forest Hill Woodworking.  Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is offering members a chance to order woodenware & other supplies, including gear and FONDANT, collectively to save on shipping.  Our member Tanya Veitch is kind enough to co-ordinate the effort. Click here to see how it works:

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Feb 22 – Getting Started with Honey Bees Beginners Course

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Interested in becoming a beekeeper or just want to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping? Join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014 for the in class portion of the course where attendees wil 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

Then, join us again in May and July, to suit up for a look at what’s going on in the hive.  Groups of 4 or 5 students conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Summer and Fall management techniques.  Compare to what’s going on in your hive, discuss and get answers.  Date and time TBD based on attendees schedules.
Eventbrite - Getting Started with Honeybees: 3-Part Short Course 2014
We recommend registering for the event on Eventbrite, but if you do not want to pay the Eventbrite fee, still go to the link to register but then click the fine print “show other payment options” link below the big green “register” button.  You will be given instructions on how to pay off-line by mailing a check to the Guild.

(photo by addisongeary.com)

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Youth Essay Contest – Win a Hive!

The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth (aged 17 and younger) to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop!  To get the entry form, contact Carol at  ccline46@verizon.net

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February 9, Natural Beekeeping Symposium

We are thrilled to announce that nationally renowned beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimerauthors of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping” will speak at our 4th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium. Stiglitz and Herboldsheimer will share valuable techniques and stories about natural beekeeping based on their extensive, personal experience. Continue reading

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Our Symposium Featured at newsworks.org!

Thanks to freelance writer Alaina Mabaso: CLICK HERE TO READ IT!

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January 16 “Three Steps to Healthier Bees”

7:30 pm @ St. James School
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, our January meeting will feature “Three Steps to Healthier Bees.”  This class was part of the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2013 “short course.”  Adam Schreiber, past president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, will share his integrated plan to improve the health of his bees:  natural sized cells, proper nutrition, and local genetics.

IN 2014, WE WILL FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL GENETICS AND BREEDING ‘LOCAL’ BEES, INCLUDING QUEENS, AS AN ON-GOING PART OF OUR MEETING TOPICS.

If you missed this meeting, click this link to go to a page that has a downloadable copy of the Powerpoint presentation.

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Jan 18 – Mead Tasting

Area beekeepers are invited to tour the new Colony Meadery905 Harrison St., Suite 115, Allentown, PA 18103, and taste up to 10 varieties of their mead, a honey-based wine.  Tour & 5 samples for $10; OR tour & 10 samples plus keep the glass for $15.  (Normal Value $25)                                    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-colony-meadery-tour-and-tasting-tickets-10036582689

We will “convoy / carpool” from St. James School, 3217 Clearfield St., 19132, leaving at 9:30 am (sharp).  We may meet folks from the Lehigh Valley, Chester Co., & Montgomery Co. Beekeepers Associations in a unique social atmosphere!  Friends and family over 21 are welcome; please spread the word.  Questions to: president@phillybeekeepers.org   LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO RESERVE tickets at the link above.

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