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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!

OrganicNation.tvmark catching queens

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.

mel mark stocking mating nucs

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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field practicum

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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Rio Arriba County May 2016 Intro to Beekeeping Workshops

March 31, 2016
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Rio Arriba County Extension has organized  a few intro to beekeeping workshops in April that Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute will be teaching.

May 24 & May 31: Part I- Abiquiu Extension Office

May 26 & June 2: Part II- NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center

Part I will focus on classroom theory- seasonal cycle and management concepts

Part II will focus on the equipment, its uses and field practicum on hive revisions
Each workshop begins at 1:00– 4:30 pm, refreshments provided and handouts. Bee Keeping May Workshops 2016

Attached is the flyer with details.

Call (505) 685-4523 to register- $10/class.

 

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Zia Wings 2016 queen rearing photos from northern CA

March 31, 2016
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We’ve been super busy these past two months getting going with our spring rearing endeavors.
Mark travelled to the coastal mountains of northern California in early February to deliver some of our breeder colonies in time to build up on the eucalyptus and mediterrean blooms.
We had to dig out several of our breeder hives from under deep snow in the southern Rockies!
digging out breeder hive from deep snow

Then, as Mark got everything loaded, I followed him to Santa Fe with my tacoma full of snow where we packed it around the hives for evaporative cooling on their drive through the Mojave to the bay area….
snow packed hives ready for transportcrossing the bay bridge

Once we got them into place, they were left to do their thing! A few weeks later, I then travelled to our beekeeping buddy Aiden Wing of wingsofnaturebees.com and Aiden and I started grafting for our Zia Wings survivor cross stocks.
Aiden Wing with Zia-Wings first batch of 2016 survivor queen cells

Then, Mark returned when the queen cocoons were ripe and we began making splits off of our hives and placing queen cells into each one….now we cross our fingers and wait 3 weeks and hope for the best drones to find her first!

installing ripe queen cocoon into mating nucleus2 year old breeder

And, even though we are hella busy….the beekeeper must take a moment, to stop and smell the flowers….this is Mark, our wizard behind the curtain who keeps the farm going getting some aromatherapy from the cherry blossoms.
Beekeeper Mark stops to smell the cherry blossoms

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April 23, 2016 Northern NM Rocky Mountain Sweet Spring Sting Pollinator Symposium & Bee Blessing

March 29, 2016
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healing bees

It’s that time of year again…and in celebration of this year’s upcoming Earth Day-

we are sponsoring the 5th annual Northern NM Rocky Mountain Sweet Spring Sting Pollinator Symposium featuring Dr. Valerie Solheim of HealingBees.org

Last year Dr. Solheim made a brief visit to share her foundational vibrational research on hive resonance at the Carnelian Center in Dixon.

This year, she is taking it a few steps further by conducting an immersive workshop that will include audience integration.

We will also have a bee blessing and pot luck picnic lunch at Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute home apiary in Truchas.

Lecture and workshop start at 10am at Penasco Theatre.
Bring a snack and camera for our midday break.
Then the workshop continues to 2pm
2pm-3:30pm head to ZQB home farm for bee blessing and pot luck picnic lunch

For more info- visit www.ziaqueenbees.com/zia and see attached flyers.2016 Sweet Spring Sting

THE BEEHIVE EFFECT Review-1

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March 3rd & 5th, 2016: ABQ Bio Park presents Bees & the AgroEcosystem with Melanie Kirby

February 26, 2016
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Join me on March 3rd & 5th  from 12:45-1:45pm at the Albuquerque BioPark Education Center as I share a colorful slideshow titled,  “Bees & the AgroEcosystem: How the Midwives of Agriculture nurture Ecological, Biological and Emotional Health”.

Admission is free.

https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events/brown-bag-seminar-march-b

The ABQ Bio Park Education Center is located on the Botanical Gardens and Aquarium complex.

See flyer for more info-2016_March Bees and the AgroEcosystem

 

 

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