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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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“COLONY CONSCIOUSNESS” WAS Conference 1 month away in October!!!

September 13, 2013
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WAS NM Conference HB

The Western Apicultural Society of North America presents,

“COLONY CONSCIOUSNESS: Working Together to Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators” 

October 16-19, 2013

 La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico- USA

This conference features a unique diverse lineup with inviting forums highlighting honeybee health, management and research, alternative pollinators, apitherapy, a benefit pollinator art exhibit, vendors and exhibitors from beekeeping and farming and health organizations.

Also Featuring:

FREE Benefit Pollinator Art Exhibit by Santa Fe artist Kathryn Alexander and Friends

Opening Reception Thursday, October 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm

And….FREE BEE BUZZ KIDS’ CORNER Friday, October 18th from 3-6 pm

To Register and for lodging details visit, http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2 or email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Tel: 505/901-2102

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 16

1:00 – 5:00 pm WAS BOARD Meeting
1:00 – 5:00 Set up – Exhibitor/Vendors & Silent Auction
5:00 – 9:00 Registration
7:00-?  BEE BUZZ SOCIAL: Mosey on down to the Marble Brewery for discounted brew and Rooftop Pizza! Meet WAS board members, State and Province Directors, Beekeepers, Scientists, Farmers and Artists! Overlooking the the 400 year old Santa Fe plaza with its traditional Native American artisan walkway and modern day eclectic galleries and shops.
Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 17

8:00 – 10:00am Registration
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome WAS President/NM President
8:45 – 9:15 Setting the stage – Dr. Jerry Bromenshank: ” The Future of Beekeeping” en memoriam Jim Bach, WAS Treasurer

Track – Genetics and Stock Improvement

9:15 – 10:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “Why we buy our varroa mites at $12,000
a pound” – The Great Varroa Challenge
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:15 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Shepard: “Bee breeding – can we see the
future?”
11:15 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Mark Spitzig: “How Old Are Your Drone’s Mothers?”- Selection criteria for Queen Production”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Track – Colony Management

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman “Varroa population
dynamics and what it means for mite control strategies”
2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell “Honey bee nutrition: Have we
learned anything in the last 10 years?”
3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
3:30 – 4:15 Speaker & discussion Les Crowder “Top bar hive management”
4:15 – Visit to Kate Whealan’s top bar apiary (car pool – 10 mins)
5:30 – 7:00pm “Tiny heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of Our Pollinators”
Kathryn Alexander benefit art exhibit opening reception- on the balcony on the
second (Mezzanine) floor.With Presentations by Ken Bowers (Pollinating Plants)
& Joyce Roetter ( HoShinDo Apitherapy)
Dinner on your own
8:00pm – Brother Adam movie

Friday, October 18

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Colony Management

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Jenny Bach: “A diverse approach: Natural techniques
Hawai’i's beekeepers considered that support colonies for years to come” (with
Jen Rasmussen and Christina Yahn)
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “To treat or not to treat”
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

Track – Educating Beekeepers and the Public

10:30 – 11:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk: “Internet beekeeping – facts,
fictions, and myths”
11:00 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Joran Viers NMDA Extension “Good neighbors”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Tracks – Education, Alternate Pollinators

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Eric Mussen (Education) “Pesticides and honey bees”

2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell (Alternate Pollinators) “PAm, Almonds, Bees and BOBs: What Gordy has been up to”

3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

3:00 – 6:00pm Bee Buzz Kids’ Corner with help from Girl Scouts of NM Trails

3:30 – WAS Annnual Meeting, (Video presentation about the Alaska cruise option for
2015)

6:30pm – Banquet, Beekeeping in Santa Fe, Awards, end of Silent Auction, What’s on tomorrow

Saturday, October 19

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Human and Hive Health

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Dr. Valerie Solheim: “”High Energy Fields and the Healthy
Hive”"
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Rankin: “New Mexico Honey & Antibiotic-
Resistant Infections”
10:00 – 10:30 Break/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:00 Speaker Conference Wrap – Melanie Kirby, Dr. Eric Mussen, Dr. Jerry
Bromenshank

11:15pm – Enchanted Bee Tour leaves, lunch on the way (make sure you book for the tour
if you want to be on it – limited availability).

Tour Featuring Presentations by:

Ed Colby of Bee Culture’s “Bottom Board”monthly column with news from Apimondia

Christi Heintz, Executive Director of Project ApisM with Enchanted Forage for Pollinators Research

Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbee Co. with Rotational Grazing Concepts & Cooperative Beekeeping Efforts.

For lodging and registration information see flyers:

WAS poster

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2013 Summer Breeder Queens & Virgin Queen availability

July 24, 2013
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The nectar flow is on here in the southern Rockies. We are experiencing our glorious monsoon rains which are livening up the landscape. Though we are so grateful to have the rains, water indeed, can be a blessing and a curse….not enough and forage withers…too much and nectar and pollens are washed away.

Aye- Mother Nature does indeed keep us humble :)

We are focusing this summer season on building up our hive numbers. Summer is our most favorite time for rearing queens and making honey. In order to make bees and for bees to make honey, they need their populations robust. So, we have decided to keep our production queens for our own needs and share breeder queens with queen producers who would like to incorporate tested survivor stock into their apiary and management systems. We encourage queen producers to incorporate tested survivor stock and to further promote cross stocks between our breeder queens and their stock. Crossing out diverse genetics lends to hybrid vigor, and generational promotion of the hereditary trait of longevity along with promoting a better developed overlapping network of health both of individual bees and the hive organism as a whole.

Longevity is the umbrella trait that we use for selection as it encompasses productivity, demeanor, pest and disease resistance, and endurance. Healthy hives have healthy queens….and healthy queens make healthy bees which produce healthy products which we consume. We are what we eat….

ZQB Virgin Queens: Unmated Queens for enthusiasts looking to outcross our survivor stock with their area drones. Virgin queens are installed same as mated queens, though once released,  will conduct mating flights then begin to lay (we recommend leaving undisturbed for minimum 3 weeks post installation) $20 + shipping

Enchanted Empress LongeviBees:   Prize Breeding Companion Queens- selected from our most resilient and productive stock.      Recommended for queen producers wanting to add tested survivor stock for enhancing genetic pool and for grafting for production queens.   $200/each

Best way to place an order is to call us or send a text at 505/929-8080 or to email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com. We are terribly behind in our email inbox so if we do not respond right away, please don’t take it personally.

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SW Marketing Network Conference July 15-17, 2013

July 11, 2013
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11th Annual Southwest Marketing Network Conference:

Local Roots – Regional Connections

July 15-17, Alamosa and San Luis Valley, CO

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9f7995dab&oeidk=a07e7menxeo6d773c30

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2013 Western Apicultural Society Conference- Registration open/ Speakers Confirmed!

July 6, 2013
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WAS 2013 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE- Melanie Kirby

It’s almost time- the Land of Enchantment eagerly awaits everyone for their visit to New Mexico for this year’s 2013 WAS Conference, taking place October 16-19th at the world historic site of the La Fonda Hotel on the Santa Fe plaza. Full conference registration is $125 (early bird pricing through Aug. 31st), single day registration $60 and half day $35. Banquet and Tour additional. La Fonda is extending a very special discount conference room rate of $115/night (for duration of conference and also offered for 3 days +/- the conference).

For more information on conference registration and hotel discount visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/Conference_Details/

The Conference theme, “Colony Consciousness: Working Together to Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators” is inclusive; meaning, it recognizes the diversity and adversities when stewarding bees, but also, just how important and integral it is for all facets of the industry to encourage cooperation and collaboration. Beekeeping involves not only the stewardship of bugs, but it also revolves around the “api-ecosphere”: where agricultural, scientific, medical, societal and artistic realms coexist and interact.

Everyone is welcome to come to our enchanted lands here in the southern Rocky Mountains to explore what others near and far are learning from their bees, and how to keep oneself educated on the various nuances that the scientific artistry of honeybee stewardship encourages. This year’s agenda is a full one. Speakers from around the globe will be coming to share their expertise and varied experiences as they pertain to honeybee genetics and breeding, diversified management and agriculture, alternative pollinators and hive designs, apitherapy, bee products, cooperative beekeeping, and of course current research into nutrition, health, environment and pest and disease issues.

Santa Fe is the oldest capitol in the USA. This Old World “City Different” is known for its art, cuisine and historical cultural impacts which include world famous artists, the best green chile in the southwest, and the indigenous and Iberian undertones of the Pueblo Native Americans and the Spanish Conquistadors and settlers. The architecture alone in this world historic site is unparalleled and invites visitors to explore its plaza, its surrounding back country trails, and the cultures that thrive where the plains and the deserts meet the Rocky Mountains.

This year’s speaker list brings a swarm like no other to the high elevations of northern New Mexico. I have invited a diverse group of presenters who I feel are not only generous of their time, but willing to share and explore their research with those keen to learn more about who and how they are as bee stewards. This year’s line up includes several Doctors from doctrines of various and faceted studies including, Dr. Gordon Wardell of Parmount Farms (Alternative Pollinator Production- California), Dr. Eric Mussen (Honeybee Nutrition- UC Davis), Dr. Steve Sheppard (Honeybee Genetics and Importation Efforts- Washington State University), Dr. Gloria deGrandi-Hoffman (Bee Gut Flora research- University of Arizona/USDA-ARS Carl B. Hayden Bee Research Laboratory), Dr. Karen Stickler (Blue Orchard Bees- Idaho), Dr. Valerie Solheim (HealingBees.org- Colorado), Dr. Steve Rankin (NM Honey vs. MRSA trials- University of New Mexico Pediatrics), Dr. Voyce Durling-Jones (HoShinDo-Japanese Meridian Apitherapy, Santa Fe), Dr. Julie McIntyre (US Fish & Wildlife Pollinator Specialist, UNM-Albuquerque), Dr. Jay Evans (USDA Belstville, MD Bee Laboratory), and Dr. Jose Villa and Dr. Bob Danka (USDA-ARS Baton Rouge, Lousiana Bee Laboratory).

Additionally, we have respresentatives from deep in the fields as well including, Les Crowder (For the Love of Bees- Natural Top Bar Beekeeping, NM), Marygael Meister (DenverBees.org- urban community beekeeping and breeding), Liz and Terry Huxter (Terry’s Bees- VSH queen breeding- British Columbia, Canada), Kim Flottum (Catch the Buzz- Bee Culture Magazine Editor, Ohio), Sue Cobey (History of Bee Breeding, the New World Carniolan line, Washington State University), Bonnie Morse (BonnieBee, Marin Adapted Survivors, California), John Jacob (Old Sol Apiaries, Survivor Stock bees, Oregon), Jenny Bach (Bee Love Hawaii- Community Beekeeping/Education), M.E.A. McNeil (SuperOrganism.org, San Anselmo CSA, renowned journalist for American Bee Journal), Christi Heintz (Project ApisM.), and various NM and CO beekeepers including Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbee Co. (Rotational Grazing/Breeding survivor stock), and Ed Colby (“The Bottom Board”- Bee Culture column), TJ Carr (Top Bar beekeeping/ABQ), Steve Wall (Buckin’ Bee- Santa Fe), and Lorraine Gray and Emigdio Baillon from Four Bridges Travelling Permaculture Institute and Tesuque Pueblo Permaculture Farm.

Even more names to look forward to hearing from are Jim Bach (Washington), Dr. Dewey Caron (Oregon), and keynote speaker, Dr. John Kefuss- Survivor Stock Queen Bee Breeder flying in from France! The agenda will commence October 16, 2013 on Wednesday afternoon with a pre-conference board meeting. Afterwards, we will open registration in the hotel lobby and then socialize in the hotel or mosey on down the cobble stones and socialize at the Marble Brewery- half a block down from the Hotel La Fonda.

October 17th and 18th (Thursday and Friday) will be full agenda days which will start with general sessions for the first half of the day and specialized block sessions in the afternoons. Specialized sessions on Thursday (Oct. 17) include: Breeding & Genetics and Planting for Pollinators. Friday (Oct. 18) specialized blocks include: Apitherapy, Bee Products & Marketing, Alternative Pollinators, Community and Urban Bee Stewardship, Reverential Agriculture, & Hive Management.

Thursday evening will include the grand opening of the art exhibit, “Tiny Heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of our Pollinators” featuring local Santa Fe artist, Kathryn Alexander and several additional regional artists of various mediums. Proceeds from this exhibit will benefit local pollinator programs such as The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative, which focuses on establishing and breeding regional honeybee stock and promoting educational outreach and training efforts to beekeepers near and far.

Friday afternoon, there will be a kid’s block where children can come visit the art exhibit, and also learn a little about pollinators and the important role they play. There will be a final board meeting later in the afternoon and a showing of a bee film pre-banquet. The annual Western Apicultural Society banquet will be held Friday evening off-site of the hotel. Location and menu are still to be determined but no doubt it will be affordably exquisite and feature local chefs cooking with local ingredients. The conference will also include a morning general session on Saturday (Oct. 19) in the morning highlighting the new generation of beekeepers and information on how to be supportive of those willing and able to carry on the torch for protecting, preserving and promoting our pollinators.

And finally, the conference will wrap up with a tour up The High Road of the El Camino Real which will make stops at the Sanctuario de Chimayo, Zia Queenbee Co. farm, and conclude with tastings at Vivac and Black Mesa Wineries. This tour will follow a 3,000’ elevational loop which winds through and up the juniper speckled foothills to the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range of the southern Rockies then follows the canyon down and saddles up next to the northern Rio Grande.

Exhibitors at the conference include Mann Lake, Ltd., Root Candles/Bee Culture, For the Love of Bees, Buckin’ Bee, Project ApisM., The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative, HealingBees.org, Beaver Plastics, and a handful more! There will be several authors on hand to sign their achievements as well. Additionally, for those staying a few extra days, you may want to consider attending the 6th Annual Growing Food & Justice For All Initiative Gathering, “Food is Medicine, Water is Life” being held in Taos, New Mexico.

Much will be missed if you choose not to attend this year’s Western Apicultural Society 2013 Conference; you will fail to be enchanted, and even more perplexing, is that you’ll miss one heck of an informative network from which to build a-new and upon for your own bee stewardship endeavors. The southern Rocky Mountains boast 7 out of the 8 climactic zones, fluent English and Spanish speakers and then some, AND, the warmest and most interesting of western hospitalities abound. Come experience the tri-cultural influences of the Native, Spanish and Anglo races and the woven energies they each have imparted onto the New Mexican psyche…for New Mexico is indeed not so new, and not so Mexico. :)

Beekeeping is extreme here in the arid high deserts and alpine mountains- hot and cold, like our day to night temperatures. Yet the people stay warm, and we welcome you with abrazos abiertas (open arms). Bienvenidos/Welcome and we hope you will join us this autumn in our beeloved Land of Enchantment.

Yours in Beekeeping- Melanie Margarita Kirby, 2013 WAS President

Email: ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Conference information visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/Conference_Details/

COMING TO SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO- USA:

Whether you travel by plane into Santa Fe proper or into the SunPort- Albuquerque International Airport, we recommend contacting La Fonda Hotel (Toll Free 800.523.5002) prior as they can schedule a shuttle for you ($25) with delivery to their hotel (WAS discount $115/night). If hotel bookings are full at La Fonda, overflow will be taking place at the Hilton Santa Fe ($125/night).

If you choose not to rent a vehicle nor take the shuttle, you can opt to take the NM RailRunner which has a connecting bus from the airport terminal to the train station (times vary so check well in advance to see if timing works for your flight arrival). Visit www.nmrailrunner.com for info on their airport schedule to and from Santa Fe stations. If train is taken north to Santa Fe, you can disembark at the downtown station, which is about 7 blocks from the hotel.

If you choose to rent a vehicle, you can leave the ABQ airport and merge onto I-25 northbound towards Santa Fe (approximately 55 miles). Follow I-25 North to Santa Fe, take the St. Francis (84/285) exit towards the downtown plaza. Follow signs to plaza and look for the Basilica- hotel is right across from the tall church.

If you rent a vehicle from the Santa Fe airport, you can take Airport Road, left on Cerrillos- and follow to St. Francis…then follow signs to downtown plaza and look for church. Hotel La Fonda website: www.lafondasantafe.com, Hilton Santa Fe website: www.historicplazahotelsantafe.com/. For more information on Santa Fe and New Mexico, visit www.newmexico.org/

WAS Conference registration tables will be behind the La Plazuela restaurant which is located in the interior atrium of the hotel lobby. Signs will be posted and hotel staff can also direct you to the conference areas. If you would like to make a contribution to the silent auction, WAS welcomes entries and appreciates your support!

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Pacific Northwest Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference July 26-28, 2013

July 5, 2013
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Pacific Northwest Treatment-Free Beekeeping Conference

Science meets Earth-Friendly Beekeeping
July 26-28, 2013

I’ll be attending and presenting at the upcoming Pacific Northwest Treatment Free Beekeeping conference at the end of the month.

This conference will be taking place in Forest Grove, Oregon and is being organized by Kat Nesbit, of Bliss Honeybees.

See link for full conference information, speaker list and agenda. http://www.blisshoneybees.org/Events.html

The goals for this conference are:
1) To explore through science treatment-free beekeeping
 
2) To gain hands-on understanding of techniques
 
3) To build community
 
4) To make contacts and resources for support after you return home; one way to stay in contact is through the 2013 Pacific Northwest Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference facebook page at www.facebook.com/honeybeefriends

Speakers include Dr. Tom Seeley- Honeybee Democracy, Kirk Webster-Champlain Valley Apiaries, Russian X Survivor Stock Queen Breeder from Vermont, Dr. Deborah Delaney-The Sustainability of Honey Bees: An Evolving Beekeeping Industry,  Les Crowder of For the Love of Bees in New Mexico, Dr. Lynn Royce from Univ. of Oregon….and many  more!

I’ll be doing a talk on rotational grazing with honeybees and also a couple of hands on workshops on grafting and handling of queenbees.

MMK

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Queen Rearing Workshop Durango, CO June 21-22, 2013

June 20, 2013
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I am coordinating with Tina of the Buzz Club- Durango beekeepers and will be putting on a queen rearing overview presentation and field practicum this weekend. Friday evening class will be an overview of the process and cycle. Saturday morning we will meeting in a bee yard and I’ll demonstrate the process of grafting, cell-building, making nuclei and harvesting and marking of queens.

From Tina @ the Buzz Club:

We are always happy to welcome people.  Our meeting Friday evening
the 21st will be at 7 PM at the Florida Baptist Church, 31296E Hwy
160, Durango.  It is on Hwy 160 west of the intersection of highway
172 on the south side of the highway, an intersection commonly known
as Elmore’s corner.  172 is the road to the airport.  Thanks,  T
My phone number is (970) 884-8190.  I am always happy to have people
call or email for more info on a meeting or the club.

Tina’s email is bee-longing@sisna.com

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Bee-Day Buzz Bash on the Mountain 6/29/2013

June 11, 2013
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Well….my better half is turning the big 5-0 this month…..and in an effort to force him to take a moment’s break and celebrate, we are going to throw a party!

For those who know us and would like to come and celebrate Mark’s 50th birthday, we’ll be celebrating on June 29th, 2013 at our home farm in Truchas- On the High Road. Click on flyer attachment for more details.

Soiree starts at 3pm (after Farmer’s Markets for all the hard working farmers and gardeners!) and will last through the evening…..

Plenty of homemade mead libations, barbeque and salads! Folks are welcome to camp out if they would prefer not to drive home. 

Please RSVP if you intend to come: ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com 

Thanks and let’s celebrate!
Melanie

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2013 Nuc Pick up Update

June 2, 2013
by melanie
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We are ending the month of May and beginning the month of June- which is now when the first batches of starter nuclei are ready for review.

We will begin flagging those that are ready and begin making contact with confirmed orders to schedule pick ups.

We do not anticipate having any extra at this time.

The slow spring start up, and continued drought conditions affect our bees’ ability to build up swiftly.

So- we are definitely on their schedule, AND only able to accomodate what they can. If we take too much, they will crash and we will be left with nothing to continue the cycle and to share next season.

 

Thanks for everyone’s patience and respect for the bees’ and Mother Nature’s schedules.

MMK

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