March Guild Meeting

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild will have the monthly meeting this Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm at Smith Memorial Playground.

  • Newbee Topic: Guild Board Member Representative, Chad Carnahan will be teaching a “basics of woodenware” that will explain how to assemble all basic components of a hive, including frames.
  • Old-Bee Topic: Don Shump, owner of Philadelphia Bee Company and Guild Board Member, will then be doing a talk on “Swarm Control Techniques & Collecting/Hiving Swarms”.

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Group Woodenware Order – Deadline Friday 3/15/13

The Guild is once again sponsoring a group woodenware order with Ike Zook of Forest Hill Woodworking located in Lancaster County. As in years past, you order directly from Ike and tell him you are part of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild’s order, and we will cover transportation of your order to Philadelphia.

Forest Hill’s 2013 price list can be found here.

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Mead-Making Class – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm invites you to start brewing now!

Have you often wondered how to make mead, but were afraid to try?  Then, we have an event for you!  Novice meadmakers are invited to participate in an event designed to encourage you to start, experiment, or hone your skills.

Ultimately you will share the results of your labors during the 2013 Philadelphia Honey Festival in September, to receive constructive feedback from a mead expert.   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!  

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Beginner Beekeeping Short Course – Saturday, 2/23/13

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 2-DAY Short Course for New Beekeepers

Getting Started with Honeybees

Learn from experienced urban beekeepers:

• Basic bee biology

• Considerations about equipment, hive set up and location

• Where to get your first bees

• Hive management through the seasons

• Natural beekeeping approaches & strategies

• What is going on in a live hive

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3rd Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium w/Michael Bush – 2/10/13 – Tickets Now On Sale!!


The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is thrilled to announce that nationally renowned beekeeper and author of “The Practical Beekeeper“, Michael Bush,  will be coming to Philadelphia to speak at their 3rd Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium. Bush will share valuable techniques and stories about natural beekeeping based on his extensive, personal experience.

The Natural Beekeeping Symposium is an all-day event and will take place on February 10, 2013 from 10am to 4pm at William Penn Charter School on 3000 West School House Lane in Philadelphia. Continue reading

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January Meeting – Elections and Books & Gadgets – 1/17/13

Join us for our January meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 7:30pm at Smith Memorial Playground. We will hold Executive Committee elections and also share our favorite beekeeping books and gadgets. If you have not seen the candidate statements for this year’s election, you can view them below.

After the election, we will have a show-and-tell of sorts. Bring your absolute favorite, indispensable beekeeping books so that you can tell us all why the books are so great. If you are so inclined, we can also swap books with each other. You can also bring your favorite beekeeping gadgets to show off, something that’s unique or that just makes your beekeeping experience that much better – special hive tools, home-made smoker, frame jig, whatever – so that you can show us all what we have been missing by not having these gadgets.

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Winter Potluck – Sunday, December 16, 4:00-7:00pm

Join us for our Winter Potluck on Sunday, December 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Lithuanian Church on 19th Street between Wallace and North Streets in the Fairmount neighborhood (North Street is one block south of Fairmount Avenue). Click here to see it on a map. The church is directly across the street from the beautiful Spring Gardens Community Garden. Enter the function room on 19th Street, near the corner of North street.

Bring some food or drinks to share and some stories to tell your fellow beekeepers. The potluck will serve as our December meeting.

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