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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
by melanie
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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

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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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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
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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 (Langstroth; +$30 for top bar and warre modifications). Call Mark at 505.929.8080 for starter nuc orders. $12/queen cell (discounts available for quantity orders), 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 (Langstroth; + $30 for top bar and warre modification).

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 @ 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.

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 our bees and their products are of the utmost quality- both in health, genetics,  origin, and production.

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
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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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