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This 2011 season we have revamped our queen rearing workshop to include info for those interested in rearing queens for self and for their communties, including club projects and regional stock swapping. Class designed for established bee stewards- recreational and professional. Class size limited to 12 students.

We will be offering 3 sessions of Queen Rearing Workshops:

Session I: June 11-12th

Session II: July 2-3rd

Session III: July 30-31st

Cost: $200 for One and one-half days Hands-On Workshop at 8300′ elevation at our home farm in Truchas, NM in the southern Rockies. Come see “the kiss”- where Pecos, Carson and Santa Fe National Forests meet in a pucker! The snow-capped Truchas peaks are so worthy and provide a majestic backdrop to quality mountain queen rearing.

Includes Instruction, Manual, grafting tool, queencell cups and live survivor queencells to take home. Graduation Bee Beards will be offered!

Instructors: Melanie Kirby ( 14 years professional apicultural experience)
& Mark Spitzig (12 years – 3 years as a hobbyist and 9 years as a professional).

We have been nurturing Zia Queenbee Co and survivor stock queen rearing and breeding since 2005. We do not claim to be experts, but strive to share our experience, understanding and protocol development with our beekeeping peers for the enhancement of honeybee health & stewardship everywhere!

To register, call 505/689-1287 or email us at