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Spring 2014: Survivor Queen Rearing Workshops in California offered

January 16, 2014
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We’ll be headed to northern California in late March to help a few of our beekeeping  buddies with their developing California “Surf-ivor” breeding projects.

While in the area, we will be offering presentations and a 1 1/2 day survivor stock queen rearing course intensive (In Her Majesty’s Chambers).

In Her Majesty’s Chambers: Intro to Queen Honeybee Breeding & Rearing, will run from 10am-6pm on the first day and from 9am- 1pm the second. Graduation bee beards will be offered

Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch, their bee veils, smokers, and hive tools, a headlamp (for grafting), camera, and water bottle.

Click on this link for a slideshow of our queen rearing workshop offerings:

2014 CA Queen Rearing workshops

March 22-23, 2014  Gilroy, CA

In Her Majesty’s Chambers: Intro to Queen Honeybee Breeding & Rearing

Call  or email Dave Stocks for more information on registering and location details.

Email:    dave.stocks@yahoo.com             Tel: 408-605-3977

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March 29-30, 2014 Palo Alto, CA

In Her Majesty’s Chambers: Intro to Queen Honeybee Breeding & Rearing

Hosting beekeeper Aiden Wing will be lending his apiaries and technical support for this workshop.

http://www.wingsofnaturebees.com/

Email: wingsofnature@gmail.com

 

For additional information, email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

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2014 ZQB-LongeviBee Offered Products & Services

January 15, 2014
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For 2014 season, we will be offering survivor stock queen cells, virgins and Breeding Companions, Beekeeping courses, Pollination services and exquisite NM honeys and beeswax apiceuticals. 

Pollination Services in NM, please contact Mark at 505/929-8080.

 

 

Beekeeping Courses and registration information, visit Intro to Apiculture and Advanced Beekeeping courses blog posts.

*We are sold out of starter nucleus hives for 2014. Starter nucs are only available for those who register for our Intro to Apiculture: Beginning Beekeeping 5-week course intensive and for research programs.

Ripe Queen Cells and Virgin Queenbees (Un-Mated) bred from our diverse survivor stock will be made available latter half of April-September.

Cost: Queen cells $10/each (pick up only in NM); Virgin Queenbees from 2-year old Breeders are $15/each + shipping.  Virgin Queens from 3-year old Breeders are $19/each + shipping. If located nearby, pickup can be scheduled. For quantity orders, discounts are available. 

Enchanted Empress Breeding Companions (Mated Queenbees) that have been grafted from selected 2 and 3 year old Mother Breeders and bred with selected 3 year old survivor Mother-Drone breeding stock will be available starting in June- September. If you are a producer and are interested in specific base lineages, please contact us to make a reservation.

Cost: $200/each- Marking included free of charge and clipping (free) available upon request. Cost includes USPS Express 2-day shipping insured.

If you are interested in our available products or services, please call us 505/929-8080 or email us at  ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com or longevibees@gmail.com.  

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Taos Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair- Nov. 29-31st, 2014

November 25, 2013
by melanie
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ZQB honeys will be available for tasting and purchase at the Annual Taos Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair starting the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 29th through the weekend at the Taos Convention Center, located a few blocks from the Taos Plaza.

Visit Resa, ZQB rep in Bataan Hall, where she’ll have her wildcrafted herbal salves, goats milk soaps and hand painted silk scarves along with ZQB honeys!

We Thank Resa, and the Bees. May we continue to support each others’ efforts and visions.

Gracias a las Abejas y a Nuestra Comadres y Compadres.

Paz y Alma,

MMK

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Spring 2014 Intro to Apiculture: Beginning Beekeeping 5-week Course Intensive by M&M

November 25, 2013
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Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe will be hosting our Comprehensive 5-week Course Intensive and Field Practicum starting in April 2014. Class will meet 1/week  on Sundays for a total of 20 hours theory and hands on sessions. Tuition includes instruction and starter nucleus colony.

Sessions include information on Honeybee Biology and Life cycle, Hive Designs (including Langstroth, Warre and Top Bar), Seasonal Management, Pests & Diseases, Harvesting & Hive Products, Overwintering  and Handling techniques.

For more info- click this link for pdf flyer:   Spring Intensive 2014 SF

Class size is limited- For those wanting to reserve a spot, deposits are being accepted.

To register, email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com or call Tel: 505/929-8080

 

 

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2014 Reservation Schedule & Availability

November 13, 2013
by melanie
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Well, we are indeed looking forward to our “down time” this coming winter. The efforts we extended this past year to a variety of endeavors and projects has depleted our energy stores and so we must recharge by sledding and skiing! So far, we have received 10 inches of snow and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! We sure hope this means a wet winter :)

Per our normal protocol, we will not begin taking reservations for bees and queens until end of January. We wait at least one month post winter solstice to better assess how our girls are overwintering and how many splits we might be able to anticipate. The past few years, spring has been volatile and challenging. Last season we conducted our first graft the latest in our 8 year history. So who knows what Mother Nature has in store for our bees this coming year and what the anticipated schedule will end up being.

Regardless of how the weather manifests, we are on the bees’ schedule. We have learned not to start too early as it stresses the bees and us out, and yields less than if we wait. So, we wait until the weather begins to stabilize and drone emergence has been evident for at least a few weeks to ensure sexual maturity for  mating.

Additionally, we will be focusing more on providing breeding stock to queen and bee producers around the nation. Since we are limited in size and availability, we want to share our tested survivor stock with those who can incorporate them into their breeding programs to further promote healthy and diversified stock in their apiaries and their produced bees and queens.

This is one way in which our stock can be out-crossed and shared with more stewards than if we produced them alone with our limited numbers. Our limitation is mostly due to topography. Our landscape can only support so many hives and their reproduction. We focus on establishing apiaries and mating zones where diverse and nutritious natural forage is promoted. Quality nutrition helps individual bees to develop an enhanced overlapping network of health within a single hive super organism; thus giving them the environment in which to develop and nurture healthy queens, and positive genetic story (toolkit) display.

To place a reservation for a breeder queen- you can contact us  starting January 22nd, 2014. For spring nuc and queen orders, we will post information on their availability once we determine what we can offer.

We will be offering starter nucs to those who sign up for our 5 week intensive course & field practicum.

We will also be offering a few intermediate and advanced beekeeping practicums throughout the 2014 bee season.

I will post class information within the next month and a half.

Happy Autumn- Thanksgiving reminds us to revere our sentinel sisters who have so eagerly pollinated the crops that are feeding our families and friends.

MMK

 

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Dixon Mercado: Nov. 2-3, 2013

November 2, 2013
by melanie
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We’ll be at the Dixon Studio  Tour Mercado again this year. This makes year number 6!

We will be offering our bees’ exquisite NM honeys and beeswax arts at the Dixon Mercado, which is located in the Dixon Elementary School Cafeteria- right across from the Dixon Post Office!

For more info on the studio tour, the various artists and the fun musical and community events that are scheduled this weekend in the Embudo Vallley, visit: http://www.dixonarts.org/

The cottonwoods are a glow and the river is flowing sublime.

Hope to see you there!

MMK

 

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Sincere GRACIAS from WAS & NM beekeepers!!!

October 21, 2013
by melanie
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October 21, 2013

Hello attendees & esteemed speakers, exhibitors, vendors, local, regional and global volunteers and support staff-
As outgoing President of WAS for this 2013 year, I would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU from the Land of Enchantment, her beekeepers, and the Western Apicultural Society of North America board and members for participating in this year’s WAS conference: “COLONY CONSCIOUSNESS: Working Together To Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators”….
Without your interest, support and participation, this event wouldn’t have been possible and wouldn’t have been as successful as indicated by the reports buzzing in!
Please know that WAS board and members especially want to thank the support staff at the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel for their excellence in hospitality and also for their keen attention to detail.
I would also like to thank our sponsors, Walter T. Kelley, Propolis-Etc., NM Dept. of Agriculture, City of Santa Fe, The McCune Foundation, UC Davis Entomology Department, and Zia Queenbee Co. for their gifted contributions and support.
This event was indeed enjoyable, by me and many others and I look forward to working with and learning from you all into the future.
Your humble, bumble servant-
Melanie Kirby
2013 Outgoing WAS President
Cel: 505/901-2102

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IEA encaustiCon 2013 conference: beeswax arts and workshops Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2013

October 13, 2013
by melanie
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Well, time for something new….Melanie is always eager to try new things, though after this year, will definitely be taking some much needed time off after spending the past year as the President of the Western Apicultural Society of North America and focusing on the continued establishment and funding needs of The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative (which just returned from Kiev, Ukraine from the world beekeeping conference, Apimondia)!

The International Encaustic Artists present  the EncaustiCon conference, which focuses on beeswax medium for artists, will take place Oct. 31st-November 3rd at El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We will be vending our exquisite NM bee products along with sharing information about pollinators and conducting a small presentation in the MarketPlace on Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 1-2pm.

IEA Conference Keynote speaker is:

Alan Bamberger, art consultant, advisor, author, and researcher and independent appraiser. Don’t miss the chance to hear from the creator of artbusiness.com. during the Keynote luncheon on Friday.

Consulting and appraising for artists, galleries, businesses, organizations and collectors since 1982, Mr. Bamberger will be available for private consultations throughout the conference. It is highly recommended that you register in advance for a time slot to meet with him so that you can address your own business and creative challenges.

More info on the event and the schedule can be found at: http://www.encausticon.com/

“Founded in 2005, IEA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for encaustic art, with over 450 member artists in thirty-four states in the U.S., five provinces in Canada, and artists in Mexico, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Toward our mission of “raising the level of excellence in fine art encaustic work by providing a global information exchange,” IEA encaustiCon 2013 will be four packed days of workshops, demonstrations, presentations, speakers and networking events.

To this end, we will have a lineup of outstanding internationally acclaimed artists who will share their encaustic process introducing you to innovative techniques and materials. Professionals will offer insights into managing your business and information about applying for residencies, opening an art school or building on your own entrepreneurial spirit.

With hands-on opportunities to work alongside papermakers, fiber artists, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists and printmakers who use wax in their work, IEA encaustiCon 2013 also offers networking with artists from around the world, shopping extravaganzas for the latest and the greatest encaustic supplies, and memory-making events full of fun and learning.”

IEA Conference MarketPlace Workshop schedule:

EncaustiCon Demo Schedule 2013

 

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Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference Oct. 25-26, 2013 @ Northern NM College

October 13, 2013
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The wonderful folks at the Travelling Permaculture Institute, Lorraine Gray and Emigdio Baillon have invited us to participate at their annual conference, “Looking Back to our Ancestors To Step Into the Future”.

Featured speakers include:

Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. 

MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN  INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS

Dr. Greg Cajete, PhDNative American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission.

AND OTHERS!

We’ll be sharing our exquisite NM honeys and bee products and also conducting a workshop.

The workshop is sCheduled for Friday, Oct. 25th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Green Room of the Nick L. Salazar Performing Arts Center on the Northern NM College campus in Espanola, New Mexico.

More info on the event can be viewed by visiting: http://4bridges.org/annual-conference/2013-conference/

MMK

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Growing Food & Justice “Food is Medicine, Water is Life” Conference Oct. 17-20, 2013

October 13, 2013
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http://www.growingfoodandjustice.org/

I will be presenting at the upcoming Growing Food and Justice Initiative for All Conference taking place at the Taos County Economic Development Center in Taos, New Mexico on Sunday, October 20th, 2013 from 9:30-11:30 am.

GFJI’s Mission

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative is a new initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.

For a complete view of the conference agenda and speakers (which starts on Friday, October 18th) visit their website at www.growingfoodandjustice.org

MMK

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