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Bee Audacious Dec 11-14, 2016 Marin, CA

October 28, 2016
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Bee Audacious is a unique collaborative working conference designed to envision bold evidence-based ideas through which honeybees, wild bees, beekeepers and pollination managers can prosper. Bringing experts and thought leaders from around the world, the Invitational first event will be held in Marshall, California, from December 11-13th.

The second event is a Public Panel and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All are encouraged to join us at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, on December 14th, 2016 to learn of the conference outcomes and what we can all do to help the planet’s pollinators.

The Public Panel will be recorded and available online. 

We all have a role to play in making the world safe for bees and all pollinators. Join us!

Visit: www.beeadaudacious.com

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Women in Sustainable Agriculture Nov 30- Dec 2, 2016 Portland, Ore

October 27, 2016
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Melanie will be giving a presentation  at the Women in Sustainable Agriculture conference taking place in Portland, Oregon November 30-Decenter 2, 2016.

More info at http://2016wisa.org/

 

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ZQB at Dixon Studio Tour Nov 5-6, 2016

October 27, 2016
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Come taste our varietal NM pure and raw honeys and NM beeswax balms and arts at the Dixon Studio Art Tour Mercado (located in the Dixon Elementary gymnasium) November 5-6, 2016 from 10am-5pm both days.

For more info visit: www.dixonarts.org

We harvested over 7 varietals from this season- including:

Rio Grande Bosque Bliss– spring riparian bloom (willows, wild roses, Russian olives, globe mallow, stone fruit blooms- apples, peaches, cherries…)

Santa Fe Sol – Plants of the Southwest spring and summer bloom (urban ornamentals and high desert and native blooms)

Pueblo Pride – Summer bloom Taos Pueblo (alpine and meadow wildflowers and alfalfa)

Dulce de Dixon– spring through summer blooms- Rio Embudo (wild and cultivated blooms; apples, alfalfa, willows, wild roses, cherry laurels…)

Oracion del Rio Chama- Rio Chama summer bloom from Christ in the Desert Monastery (wildflower and sweet clover…)

Miel Mineral– season long bloom from Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs (high desert wildflowers…)

Taos Triumphant Wildflower– El Prado spring and summer blooms (lilacs, roses, fruit orchard blooms…)

 

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Indigenous Peoples Gathering Nov 6-9, 2016

October 27, 2016
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Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering for Healthy Communities, Culture, and Climate

November 6–9, 2016
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

 

More info visit: http://intertribalgathering.com/

Melanie will be giving a presentation on Nov. 7.

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High Road Art Tour- ZQB Farm Open to Public Sept 17-18 & 24-25, 2016

September 12, 2016
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Come visit us during the 2016 High Road Art Tour the last two weekends of September.

We will have varietal honeys available, from the lowlands to the highlands of our enchanted landscapes and a few additional bouquets from our projects on the west coast to the Great Lakes.  We will also be featuring our Apithecary offerings- medicines from the hive  which include lip balms and body salves, propolis tincture and herbal honey blends for health and wellness.

We will also have exquisite NM beeswax arts including jewelry, candles, ornaments/pendants and mobiles.

Chana Estrada will be offering her herbal aromatherapy Guadalupe pillows – and other Nueva Mexicana arts and crafts.

We’ll also have freshly harvested mint, frozen peach slices and apricots, and alpine rosehip jelly, oregano flower honey, y mas….

In addition to our wares, we will also have an informative exhibit on pollinators and a live bee observation hive.

If it is breezy, we’ll be flying kites-

Come see what sweetness awaits  at Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute Autumn harvest. We are located on County Road 75- 2 miles straight back from the post office, due east towards the peaks- look for bee boxes!

Visit www.highroadarts.org  for map of all participating artists and vendors.

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Quentin Geant of Paris’ BEEOPIC- Free Lecture in Taos Sept. 6, 2016

September 4, 2016
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Beeopic Taos

Quentin Geant of Paris’ BEEOPIC will be giving a free lecture at the Taos Museum of Modern Art Fechin House at 2pm. He will share info on his family’s urban beekeeping in France and also on the historic French Beekeeper March against pesticides and his new venture of establishing an American BEEOPIC in Oakland, CA.

After the lecture- we will buzz over to the Town of Taos Council Chambers for the Joint workgroup meeting on Glyphosate (herbicide known as round-up) and share ideas for conserving our enchanting pollinators and preserving our communities’ health and wellness.

 

For more info- click on the highlighted flyer link above- or email jshedko@msn.com or ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

 

 

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In Her Majesty’s Chambers- Intro to Queen Breeding- New Mexico

May 31, 2016
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‘Tis the season to be breeding bees!

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We are offering our renowned queen rearing short course on July 16-17, 2016. Students come from all over the nation to learn and share intricacies of finding, propagating and sharing quality honeybee stock lines.

The two day course covers everything essential for selecting and rearing quality queen honeybees. From selection of breeders and record keeping, to the art of grafting and harvesting of queens.

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Instructors Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig have each been keeping bees professionally for 20 years. Together, their combined experience rearing queens spans over 20 years. From working for other professional queen rearers and producers, to running their own small-scale queen bee breeding farm, they are committed to sharing and teaching the basics for all experience levels of pollinator stewards.

Class takes place at the “kiss of the forests” where the Pecos, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests converge in the majestic Sangre de Cristo range of the southern Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico- USA.

Cost is $200 and includes instruction, manual, grafting tool, grafting cups, cages and other accessories.

To register- email Melanie at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com or call 505.929.8080

To preview a slideshow with course details, visit: http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4451794d5455314e6a4d3d0d0a&blogview=true

 

 

 

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Wiki Peace Women- Melanie Kirby

May 31, 2016
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“Visibility – Connectivity – Expertise” Mission

PWAG’s main goals in the last decade have been to support deeper and more sustainable connectivity between PeaceWomen across the globe. We do this by increasing the visibility of their work, expanding their knowledge and skills and disseminating their expertise outside their own spheres of influence.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this project, PWAG is embarking on a “visibility-connectivity-expertise” project that documents and highlights the work of not only the one thousand women nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize, but of one million women working in all fields of human security, conflict resolution, ecological security, environmental justice, health, education and legislation among others. We are doing this primarily through the “WikiPeaceWomen” website, to document the women’s stories. The project is also expanding the network by connecting PeaceWomen across different backgrounds and languages.

Melanie Kirby- Professional Apiculturist and Queen Honey Bee Breeder has been selected as one such outstanding woman. To read her story, visit:

http://wikipeacewomen.org/wpworg/en/?page_id=4749

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Intro to Apiculture & Summer Courses 2016

April 25, 2016
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We are coordinating with a few different organizations to share the wonders of beekeeping for all ages and experience levels. Scroll through to find the best for you!

~On the 1st Saturday of each month starting in May thru Sept, we’ll be sharing the magical world of pollinator stewardship with families at Lettuce Grow Farm Educational Center in El Prado-Taos. These sessions will be geared for the young and old alike with observation of various pollinator species, plants and their relationship to pollinators and growing food. We’ll have an observation hive station, and a sensory table where families can smell and touch beeswax honeycomb, taste honey and more!

~We’ll also be offering our Intro to Apiculture- Beekeeping in NM introductory courses in May in Santa Fe and Taos.

~Then monthly throughout the summer, we’ll be offering intermediate and advanced field practicums on a variety of bee themes including seasonal management,  apitherapy (medicines from the hive and their applications), queen honeybee breeding and rearing, overwintering strategies and harvestable products.

May 7 (Taos)- Bee Family Day- Info www.lettucgrowfarm.com

May 22 (Santa Fe- morning session)   Intro to Apiculture Part I: Classroom/Theory at Plants of the Southwest Nursery- Agua Fria . Part I will cover the basic concepts of beekeeping with honeybees, honeybee biology, NM beekeeping calendar, seasonal management and challenges of keeping bees healthy in our enchanted lands. From 10-2pm (bring a snack lunch). Cost: $65, to register call Melanie at 505.901.2102 or email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

May 22 (Santa Fe- afternoon session) Intro to Apiculture Part II: Field Practicum at Plants of the Southwest Nursery- Agua Fria. Part II will focus on approaching hives, how to review hives, handling techniques and intermediate concepts for controlling swarms, developing  potential product harvests, managing for pests and diseases and developing one’s own seasonal calendar of management.  Cost: $65, to register call Melanie at 505.901.2102 or email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

INTRO TO APICULTURE & monthly class listings Santa Fe flyer 2016

May 28 (Taos-morning session)  Intro to Apiculture Part I: Classroom/Theory at Tierra Drala Farm in El Prado-Taos. Part I will cover the basic concepts of beekeeping with honeybees, honeybee biology, NM beekeeping calendar, seasonal management and challenges of keeping bees healthy in our enchanted lands. From 10-2pm (bring a snack lunch). Cost: $65, to register call Melanie at 505.901.2102 or email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

May 28 (Taos-afternoon session) Intro to Apiculture Part II: Field Practicum at Tierra Drala Farm in El Prado-Taos. Part II will focus on approaching hives, how to review hives, handling techniques and intermediate concepts for controlling swarms, developing  potential product harvests, managing for pests and diseases and developing one’s own seasonal calendar of management.  Cost: $65, to register call Melanie at 505.901.2102 or email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

INTRO TO APICULTURE & monthly class listings Taos flyer 2016

~~Additional monthly Intermediate beekeeping classes will be offered at Tierra Drala Farm  and in Santa Fe including Harvesting, Value-Added products from the Hives, Apitherapy, and Overwintering Strategies. See above flyers for dates and details.

Scholarships available- contact Melanie at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com or call 505.901.2102 for information.

 

 

 

 

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2016 queen and nuc availability update

April 2, 2016
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If you are looking for STARTER NUCLEI- we are officially booked for our 2016 seasonal batches. If our bees are able to share more this season, we’ll post an update on this web blog. And for those interested in placing a reservation for 2017 season, please contact us after the winter holidays and look for late season updates on this web blog.

If you have already placed an order for an early season starter nucleus hive, we are scheduling pick ups. For mountain mated batches, we’ll begin making contact in late May.

If you are looking for queens: mated, virgin and Breeding Companions, we have availability from latter half of June-September.

2 year old breeder

For more info on our longevity based breeding testing and selection program and our rearing protocol, click on this link….zqb 2016 queen brochure flat

We are also offering royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, queen cells, pure & raw varietal honeys from our Land of Enchantment apiaries and beeswax balms, salves and arts.

ZQB product brochure 2016

 

Queen cells are available for quantity orders only as timing is critical and shipping overnight is expensive. Queen cells are offered from diverse breeding stock for $12-14 depending on quantity starting in late April-September.

Virgin queens are available for pick up and shipping. Cost is $18-15/each depending on quantity + USPS Priority flate rate or Express shipping. Availability starting in late April-September.

Mated queens are available for $45/each (marking including). Discounts for quantity orders available. Availability June-September.

Enchanted Empress Breeding Companions are bred from our 3 and 4 year old stock and then outcrossed in our home mating yard @ 8300′ elevation in the southern Rocky Mountains with diverse survivor drone breeder stock. Breeding Companions are available for $200/each (including two-day USPS Express guaranteed shipping). Availability starting June-September.

Royal Jelly is offered in natural beeswax capsules that the bees draw. Each capsule is $3 and contains vitamins, and essential amino acids known to enhance health and wellness. Availability starting in April thru the year.

Propolis is harvested from our queen mating nuc screens, which isn’t riddled with sticks and debris when scraping. The screens are placed in the freezer overnight and then crinkled…which allows tiny flakes of propolis to fall cleaning into the packing bin. This form of the propolis is much easier to dissolve, powder and melt when making tinctures, capsules and balms- which we also offer. Raw propolis from our Land of Enchantment  high desert canyon, valleys and alpine apiaries. Raw propolis: $10/ounce or $150/lb.

Beeswax is rendered from our honey extraction cappings and thus is considered “virgin” as it has not been used and reused in the hives. We use no miticides and no commercial pharmaceuticals in our hives, but rather utilize herbal therapies and supplements seasonally when conditions dictate. As such, our pure NM beeswax is produced by the bees themselves who have been feeding (and sweating- which is how bees produce beeswax) on natural forage in our enchanted lands. This beeswax can be used to make candles, soaps, body balms. Untested cosmetic grade Beeswax: $20/lb.

Contact (Texting preferred- as our cellular reception in the mountains and canyons can frustrate voice conversations).

Mark at 505.929.8080 or Melanie at 505.901.2102 to place a reservation for cells, virgins or queens or to request info and pricing on our other apiceuticals. Or email  us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

NOTE: Please allow a few days for a response during the spring production push (February-June).

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