Category Archives: Beekeeping Basics

August Meeting

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.

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    August Monthly Meeting

    18:00 -20:00
    2019-08-22

    Thursday ,  August 22, 2019  the EDBA meeting will be a field trip to Sturgeon county!

    Rassol Bahreini , Apiculture Research Scientist at the Crop Diversification Centre North, 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.

    The theory and diagnostics of common pests and diseases will be part of the demonstration.

    As this is an EDBA function, please be sure that you are an active member.  If your membership has lapsed, this will be a great time to renew it.

    If you don’t have a membership  or a guest, there will be a $ 25.00 charge which will include a free membership for the coming year.   Memberships can be paid at the meeting by cheque or cash or you can contact the EDBA treasurer Alexis Brown by e mail at    nzonart@xtra.co.nz
    and arrange e transfer payment.

    By renewing your membership, you help the EDBA to fund these functions and expand your educational activities.

    — DIRECTIONS—

    The beeyard we are going to is very close to the site of the annual EDBA BBQ site:
    Address: 25221  – Township Road 552 ,   Sturgeon County

    – Drive north on Highway #2 ,  going north from St. Albert towards Morinville
    – You will reach the CARBONDALE ROAD on your right hand side (EAST)
    – Turn RIGHT onto the Carbondale Road
    – Proceed east to the 2nd house on the Right Hand Side ( SOUTH)      – In case of problems, phone 780 460 7773
    – Turn into the driveway and park in the yard    YOU ARE THERE          – PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO ARRIVE BEFORE 5:45 pm —

    We will have to walk 7 to 10 minutes across a field to the beeyard. Vehicles will be available for those unable to walk. START TIME IS 6PM SHARP

    Bring your beesuit!!!

    The Gate will be locked at 6:15 so please come early .

Learn to keep bees 2020

Two of EDBA’s best beekeepers are once again looking to help train new beekeepers in 2020. 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 2020. You only need to attend one day. The dates are:


March 15th, Sunday,  8:30am to 2-2:30pm
Cancelled — April 4th, Saturday —
April 26th, Sunday,  8:30am to 2-2:30pm
May 24th, Sunday,  8:30am to 2-2:30pm

You need to attend only one day and then from June to August you have the option of attending the included mentoring sessions by visiting our hives.

Topics covered include:

  1. Urban beekeeping regulations
  2. Location choices and Equipment
  3. Installing bees and queens
  4. What to check inside of a hive
  5. Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
  6. Basic Bee Biology
  7. Mentoring opportunities
  8. Wintering and Treatments
  9. 12 pages of information is provided to go along with slides (powerpoint) presented in class.

For registration, contact connellmjm@hotmail.com

Along with an EDBA membership you are sure to learn enough to be a very responsible beekeeper and attending the mentoring sessions will give you the confidence needed.

How to Keep Honey Bees

For courses in 2018, please click here.

For the third year we are are offering thebee-with-question-marks-300x193 beginning bee course at a great price.  It comes with free mentoring sessions included in the spring and summer. This course is sanctioned by the City of Edmonton.

The 2017 courses are from from 8:30am to 1:30pm on these Saturdays:

Beginning Beekeeper Course (January)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (February)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (March)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (April)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (May)

Topics covered include:

  1. Urban beekeeping rules
  2. Location choices
  3. Installing bees and queens
  4. What to check inside hives
  5. Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
  6. Mentoring opportunities
  7. Wintering/treatments

To sign up please contact by email:  connellmjm@hotmail.com for location and course cost.