Two of EDBA’s best beekeepers are once again looking to help train new beekeepers in 2021.
The course offered by Malcolm and Craig is not part of EDBA but with their mentorship program and years of experience there is no better course in all of Alberta. We can’t recommend it enough! They will be running beginner beekeeper courses for the 6th year in NE and NW Edmonton.
The complete course costs $140 and will be given on 5 different occasions in 2021. You only need to attend one day. The dates are:
January 23rd, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
February 20th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
March 20th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
April 17th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm
May 29th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm
Graduates of the course can take part in the optional free mentoring sessions on most weeks from June to August. You can register for the course at www.naturalelementshoney.ca
Topics covered include:
Urban beekeeping regulations
Location choices and Equipment
Installing bees and queens
What to check inside of a hive
Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
Basic Bee Biology
Wintering and Treatments
12 pages of information is provided to go along with slides (powerpoint) presented in class.
JA special field trip with Rassol Bahreini , an Apiculture Research Scientist from the Crop Diversification Centre North! He will be testing some hives for mites and demonstrating the recommended ways to treat for mites eg. apivar strips, formic acid and oxalic acid vaporization.
February’s EDBA monthly meeting is on Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm.
Our guest speaker will be: Dr. Sarah Wood. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she studies the effects of pesticides and infectious disease on honey bees. She is also a veterinary pathologist with Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc.
Location: Royal Executive Hotel, 8450 Sparrow Drive, Leduc. — It’s the first hotel on the right over the overpass from Airport exit. Instead of going right to the airport, go left over the overpass.
On February 3rd there is a Queen Breeders Day put on by the ABC for $55 :
The amount of swarms to catch this year has been very high! During its peak as many as 10 swarms reported a day. There has been so much rain that it’s even been hard for beekeepers to get to their beeyards on muddy roads. That and the strong honey flows have made for a very different year.
Our Swarm Catchers List is up to date and these brave volunteers will do their best to help find homes for all the swarms. A straight-forward swarm catch, by putting them in a box from a low spot on a tree, can take an hour. Be warned that catching a swarm from very high locations or inside of a wall can take many days and might cost money.
Its more of a “who done it?” real life crime documentary mixed with food sources but the first episode focuses on Honey so you might find it interesting. I like how it gives some insight into the bigger world of honey production and the import/export world.
This workshop is best suited for people who have been keeping bees for a few years and are planning to turn a hobby into a sideline or a sideline into a business. But every year, attendees also include non-beekeepers who are considering starting and are wondering about beekeeping profitability and are looking for ideas to get moving towards a second career or a retirement income.
Neil and Ron are offering their ‘Making Money from Honey‘ course in Edmonton this fall on Sunday, November 5.
Neil Bertram and Ron Miksha have been working bees for decades. Between them, they have experience in hobby and commercial beekeeping, queen rearing, pollination, and production of a few million pounds of honey.
This overview of beekeeping economics is an all-day program. Here are some of the topics which will be covered: – growing from backyard/hobby beekeeper to sideliner to commercial; – equipment choices and shop/honey house considerations; – finances, projections, expectations, difficulties, setbacks, and success; – how much money to expect from bees in a typical year; – handling and marketing your products; – case histories of good and bad beekeeping businesses; – the beekeeper personality and lifestyle.