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California Queen Rearing Short Course, March 19, 2016

January 28, 2016
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OrganicNation.tv3rd Annual California In Her Majesty’s Chambers- Intro to Queen Rearing Short Course with  instructors Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig, professional apiculturists and survivor stock queenbreeders of Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute and Aiden Wing of Wings of Nature Apiaries. Day long class and field practicum for backyard to small and mid scale stewards. Hosted by Wings of Nature Apiaries- located near the Portolla Redwoods in the hills above Palo Alto, less than an hour south of San Francisco.

Class and field practicum- March 19, 2016. Syllabus includes: queen rearing cycle calendar overview, selection and establishment of breeders, cell-builders, creating and maintaining mating nuclei, mating zones, drone production, the art of grafting, cocoon handling and incubation, catching, marking, banking and shipping queens. Day long course includes pocket field manual, grafting tool, JzBz queen cell cups and queen cages, and live cells to take home. Graduation bee beards offered.

Cost: $175

To Register- email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com or wingsofnature@gmail.com
Intro to Apiculture Level I and II classes also offered. Info will be posted shortly.
Additional summer courses offered at Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute in the southern Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. Visit www.ziaqueenbees.com/zia for updates.

For queen rearing course slide show visit: http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e444d334e6a6b334f44413d0d0a&blogview=true

 

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2016 Queens, Starter Nuclei Availability & Pricing

January 12, 2016
by melanie
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mel mark stocking mating nucsWell, well….it is now 2016 and we are gearing up for our second decade of service, creator willing!

This year we are departmentalizing in order to stay sane and to get more efficient and organized.

We will be offering starter nuclei and queens and pollination services- as usual. For pollination information contact either one of us via phone or email (listed below).

We have two different starter nuclei “batches” this season-

First batch will be from our survivor stock outcrossed with some developing northern California survivor stock. This is a project that has been over 5 years in the making.

April 2014 cover shot- Aiden Wing of wingsofnature.com with his first 2014 batch of queen cells- Palo Alto, California

For the past few  years, we have teamed up with our buddy Aiden Wing (www.wingsofnature.com) who is based in Los Altos, California- in the hills above Palo Alto near the Bay area. This will be the first year that we will be sharing our NM-NorCal survivor cross stocks with beekeepers near and far. The past two years both ZQB and Wings of Nature have shared survivor cross stocks to increase our own numbers and to test out these natural hybrids in our various climates. And this year, we are proud to share some with the public. We will be headed to northern Cali in March to begin rearing. We will be offering queen cells and virgins starting in mid March. And the first batch of mated queens and starter nuclei will be ready come late April. These starter nuclei will come in four comb sets, with some brood, some food stores and a whole family of bees who have nurtured their own new survivor queen. Cost is $250 for starter nucleus hive. Call Mark at 505.929.8080 for starter nuc orders. $12/queen cell and $18-$15 for virgins depending on quantity,  call Mel at 505.901.2102 for cell, virgin and queen orders.

mark catching queens

Second “batch” will be from our home breeding grounds in northern New Mexico. We utilize over 45 locations throughout the year to select, test and breed our diverse survivor stock. We strictly adhere to a 5 week rearing protocol to ensure that all queens are well-fecundated (mated) and are proven/established layers. This rearing timeline also minimizes supercedure. We incorporate stock from various producers that have tested out well in diverse climates and elevations and also integrate survivor feral stock from remote mating apiaries. We begin rearing in mid April and anticipate the first rounds to be ready latter half of May.

Cost for starter nucleus hive is $250. Call Mark at 505.929.8080 to place a starter nuc reservation.

We will also be offering royal jelly, queen cells, virgins, mated queens and Enchanted Empress Breeder companions.

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.

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 starting in late May-September.

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

Contact Melanie at 505.901.2102 to place a reservation for cells, virgins or queens.

 

Or email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

 

Remember- you pay what you get for and though our prices may be higher than the average producer, we know they are of the utmost quality- both in health, genetics, and origin.

We will also be offering a few courses this season in both northern California and in northern New Mexico.

We’ll post info on the course selections soon-

 

Thanks and Hap-Bee New Year!

 

M&M- ZQB Farm & Field Institute

P.O. Box 317 Truchas, NM 87578 USA

Tel: 505.929.8080 or 505.901.2102

Email: ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Web: www.ziaqueenbees.com

 

 

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January 5-9: American Honey Producers Association conference in Albuquerque

December 6, 2015
by melanie
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The American Honey Producers Association will be holding their annual conference this year in Albuquerque, NM at the Marriott Pyramid hotel.

We’ll be conducting a presentation on Thursday at the event. Come learn about the newest research and management strategems for keeping your hives healthy and the beekeeper happy!

 

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Holiday Art y Mas @ Light Mountain Gallery- Penasco, NM Dec 5-30, 2015

December 6, 2015
by melanie
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We’ve been invited to participate in renowned artist Leigh Gusterson’s Holiday show in Penasco, NM this year.

Leigh has invited a variety of area artists to showcase their wares at her Light Mountain Gallery for the holiday season.

We are one of the artisans and have a nice display of Alpine honeys, Varietal Gift packs with body balms, lip balms and more.

We also have beeswax pendants and Rosemary’s exquisite Aromatherapy Virgin de Guadalupe pillows (Rosemary is my illustrious mom!).

For more info- visit www.leighgusterson.com LeighGusterson_hv_151203

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Healthy Bee- Bee Healthy Western Apicultural Society- Boulder, CO October 1-3, 2015

September 25, 2015
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The Colorado State Beekeepers Association in conjunction with the Western Apicultural Society of North America will be presenting the Healthy Bee-Bee Healthy conference @ the Millenium Hotel in Boulder, CO on October 1-3rd.

Full days of presentations, vendors, exhibitors, something for all experience levels and apiculture interests.

Visit: http://www.westernapiculturalsociety.org/ for more info.

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Our Planet in Balance: Bees, Fungi & Man – Asheville, NC Sept. 26

September 25, 2015
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I’ll be travelling to the beautiful Blue Ridge area of the Appalachians in North Carolina for this event. The event is organized by the Center for Honeybee Research. Featured speakers include Paul Stamets (world renowned mycologist), Dr. Steve Sheppard from WSU, Dr. Jay Evans from the USDA Beltsville Bee Lab and myself- Melanie Kirby- survivor stock queen breeder.

I’m very excited to learn from these esteemed scholars and am humbled to participate….the consilience is brewing!

To learn more about the event- visit http://www.exploreasheville.com/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=7840&parentID=196

And for more info on the Center for Honeybee Research, visit: http://honeybeeresearch.org/

 

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Sustainable Sunday Dinner @ The Bavarian in Taos Ski Valley July 26

July 23, 2015
by melanie
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The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant at Taos Ski Valley presents their Sustainable Sunday Series: Farm to Mountain to Table which runs July 12 through September 27 excluding September 6 (be of a music fest) 11 Sundays total.

The inspiration for this series was to connect people back to the food source and connect local growers to their customers…and to help the public really understand what the farmers go through to bring their produce to market. These presentations bring a deeper appreciation for the food we eat and the effort made by many to get it to our own tables; thus getting more folks to eat healthy.

This Sunday- July 26th, features Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute. ZQB was founded in 2005 by Native New Mexican Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig who have both been keeping bees professionally for close to twenty years. Zia Queenbees provides pollination services, exquisite hive products and locally produced survivor queen bees and hives through a “Father Time Tested- Mother Nature Approved” process. They share their bees across northern NM helping farmers to grow the food, medicine and fibers that sustain our communities. They are humbled to be celebrating a decade of service and are grateful to everyone planting and growing flowers and food for all the pollinators.

For Reservations, call the Bavarian at 575-776-8020. Dinner served at 6:00pm and includes 3 courses of all locally grown organics for a set price of $45.00. 

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Beekeeping in NM workshop in Abiquiu June 25, 2015

June 16, 2015
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I’ll be sharing info on Beekeeping in NM at the Rio Arriba County Rural Event Center in Abiquiu on June 25, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. RA Extension Bee Keeping Workshop 2015

There will be an observation hive, honey tastings and a fantastic slideshow!

For more info- call

Cost: $5.00/person please RSVP by June 22nd with Rio Arriba CES at (505) 685-4523

 

 

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Bees: Midwives of Agriculture presentation June 16, 2015 @ Pajarito Nature Center in Los Alamos

June 5, 2015
by melanie
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We’ll be presenting a slideshow on Bees: Midwives of Agriculture at the Pajarito Nature Center in Los Alamos at 7pm on June 16th in honor of National Pollinator Week.

There will be some fun props to smell and taste and see and hear and a colorful slideshow on beekeeping in NM and integrated pollinator stewardship.

Join us as we celebrate a decade of service by honoring the humble bugs who share their lifework with our communities.

For more info, visit:

http://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=6430

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God Save the Queen! In Her Majesty’s Chambers- Intro to Queen Breeding & Rearing July 11-12, 2015

May 27, 2015
by melanie
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July 11-12, 2015: In Her Majesty’s Chambers- Intro to Queen Breeding & Rearing with Melanie Kirby & Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institue.

Day and a half course covers introductory concepts for selecting, breeding and rearing naturally hardy queenbees and nucleus colonies. From establishing a breeding protocol to designing a quality rearing program- this field practicum will instruct enthusiasts on the nuances of queen honeybee propagation. Hands on field sessions complement theory class sessions- from testing bees to the art of grafting and banking virgins and queens. Learn how to be a proactive steward and become empowered by the process.

SLIDESHOW:

http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4449324d4445784e7a493d0d0a&blogview=true

Cost: $200

Includes manual, grafting tool, JzBz queen rearing supplies: cell cups, cages, rack and cell bar, live queen cells to take home, instruction and graduation bee beards.

To register, email: ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Tel: 505.929.8080

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