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

December 6, 2015
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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
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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
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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:

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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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2015 Nucs Ready!!!

May 23, 2015
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Hey Folks, we appreciate everyone’s patience with the process and our bees are even more grateful as we’ve given them time to get established.

We will begin reviewing our initial rounds this coming week- and then make contact to schedule pick ups.

As we review nucs we look for several indicators:

Did she successfully mate?

How is her laying posture?

How are their food stores?

Are they healthy?

Are they ready to go to their new homes?

Once we determine that they are ready- we flag them and begin making contact with those who made reservations.

After filling confirmed orders, if we have extras, we will post it on this blog and also make contact with those on the wait list.

Being that it has been a rather volatile spring, we are hopeful that the girls were able to mate successfully. If our first rounds prove otherwise, no worries, we have additional batches that will be ready each week for our review.

We strive to offer and produce healthy, resilient and productive honeybees from our proven survivor stock- whose heritable traits of longevity, pest/disease resistance, gentleness and productivity have been carefully chosen and bred for for over 15 years (10 years here in the rugged topography of our enchanted lands of NM).

Please know that we adhere to a very strict rearing protocol to ensure that the bees and their queens that you procure from us are of the utmost health and demeanor. As such, we get less rounds per season; but what we do produce is of the highest quality. We also make contact with those who have placed reservations in the order that they were received to remain fair.

Also remember, when scheduling pick ups, we recommend either an early morning (by 9am) or near sundown pick up so as to capture all foragers. Nucs will be in reusable, lightweight, weather resistant, vented transport boxes for ease of relocation.

We appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to continuing to serve our local, regional, national and international constitutents for another decade plus.

Gracias-

Melanie Kirby

 

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2015 Intro to Apiculture Beekeeping Intensives in Taos & Santa Fe Starting Mid May

April 12, 2015
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4-Saturday Field Practicum Course starts May 16 @ Tierra Drala Farm in El Prado-Taos

Taos Intensive 2015

& also offered 4-Sunday Field Practicum Course starting May 17 @ Plants of the Southwest in Agua Fria- Santa Fe

SF Intensive 2015

Course Syllabus Includes:

Honeybee Biology** Plant/Bloom Cycle** Seasonal Management** Hive Products & Harvesting** Overwintering** Apiary Plans & Strategizing Stewardship** Native Pollinator Integration

Courses taught by Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute, who each have been keeping bees professionally for close to 20 years.

COST: $250 (includes all 4 classes)

Add $225 for a starter Langstroth nucleus of locally bred bees (+ $30 for Top Bar or Warre custom conversions).

To Register- Email us at ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

or call Tel: 505.929.8080

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