Beginning Beekeeping classes are open for registration now in the area cities of Ankeny, Des Moines, Polk City, and West Des Moines. There will also be two “thinking about it” classes for folks who are interested but not quite sure that bees are right for them. For details, click for a convenient table below.
Thank you to Eric and Keri Kenoyer for hosting the club in July. As usual, we talked about things to think about for the next month of beekeeping.
Notes can be found here:
Three photos from the evening include
More info here: http://nahantmarsh.org/event/qc-pollinator/
For Immediate Release
Jan. 4, 2016
Iowa Honey Producers Association Announces Availability of www.BeeLaws.org
Learn where to keep bees legally
West Des Moines, IA— Jan. 4, 2016— The Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) proudly announces the immediate availability of www.BeeLaws.org. This website helps Iowa residents learn their city’s ordinances related to beekeeping. It is believed to be the first searchable bee law website in the nation.
Anyone curious about placing a bee hive can open the website, choose a city listed on the front page, read pertinent excerpts from that city’s ordinances, and see contact information for city staff. Digital code citations are given where possible.
“I am very excited for this new website,” said Roy Kraft, President of the Iowa Honey Producers Association. “One of the most common questions we get as beekeepers is if it’s legal to keep bees where someone lives, and no one really knew until now.” Andy Joseph, State Apiarist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), chose 77 cities from around the state for inclusion on BeeLaws.org, with the hope of growth in the number of apiaries in and around those cities. Cities where beginning beekeeping classes were held in 2015 were also included on the website. No more cities will be added in 2016 while Julia McGuire, Project Investigator, conducts analysis of the bee law website and its impact.
Positive Environmental Impact
With national concern over pollinator presence and pollinator habitat, www.BeeLaws.org aims to responsibly fill the knowledge gap of Iowans interested in bee keeping. “With increased interest in beekeeping over the last year and a half, I want to help people keep bees and I want to help them do it legally,” said McGuire, coordinator of the Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers club and beekeeper since 2011. “BeeLaws.org aims to remove the burden of taking time to find the appropriate staff member at city hall, and then potentially facing negative impacts. If you cannot find a place in town to legally keep bees, you can hopefully use the website to find legal, nearby areas without having to spend a lot of time on the phone and free of risk.”
Written in lay terms, www.BeeLaws.org is a mobile-friendly website and is supported by the IHPA and the Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through grant 15SCBGPIA0001.
Founded in 1912, the IHPA, a 501(c)(5) agricultural organization and affiliate of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, serves over 900 members through monthly newsletters, a summer field day, and an annual meeting for education and networking. The organization aims to grow the Iowa honey industry through education and promotion.
The website content of www.BeeLaws.org was valid at the time of the 2015 survey and is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA, IDALS, or the IHPA.
Andy Joseph became State Apiarist with IDALS in 2008. IDALS is responsible for a wide range of programs that affect the quality of life of every Iowan. Both Iowans living on the farm and those in our towns and cities are impacted almost daily by the work of the Department, including the Sensitive Crops Directory and enforcing “Pesticide/Bee Rule” of the Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 21-45.31(206). Effective January 22, 2009, the Rule was designed to help protect honey bees from chemicals that are toxic to bees. www.iowaagriculture.gov
Interested in keeping bees? Want to learn more about the bees you already have? Info about classes across the state of Iowa has been compiled for you —
****updated to include Iowa Falls 1/7/16****
Very detailed information can be found at this webpage: http://nahantmarsh.org/qcpollinatorconference/
I am writing to let your organization know about the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference, June 10-11, 2015 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Illinois. Our planning committee believes your organization, or its members, may have an interest in learning more about pollinators and pollinator health. If so, please help us spread the word about this exciting event!
Quad Cities Pollinator Conference, June 10-11, 2015 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, Rock Island, IL. Keynote dinner by John Phipps, commentator for US Farm Report. Sessions on: plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, designing pollinator support plantings, conservation measures, pollinator-friendly landscapes in agricultural and urban settings, and more. Knowledge-sharing, networking, and pollinator-related goods and services! Register by 6/1 at qcpollinatorconference.org.
Facebook event (set up through Nahant Marsh Education Center)
Please help us spread the word by sharing this through your social media networks!
Info can also be found at: www.qcpollinatorconference.org
Thank you in advance. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information.
****** updating information on Jan. 5, 2015 ********
Anyone can order a Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers T-shirt through the shop at CafePress. You have multiple product choices. http://www.cafepress.com/desmoinesbackyardbeekeepers
Thank you for taking a look!
Information on central Iowa beginning beekeeping classes follows. Please contact the person listed below for more details on that specific course and to register.
- Central Iowa Beginning Beekeeping Course
Instructor: Andy Joseph, State Apiarist
When: Tuesday evenings, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Feb. 3 through March 10 (6 weeks)
Location: the DCI conference room in the Iowa Laboratory Facility, Ankeny – adjacent to the DMACC campus
Price: $30/person, $15 each additional family member, and includes everything: tuition, book, handouts, field day expenses, etc. Cash or check made out to “IHPA.”
Need more info? Send email to Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Friendly Beekeepers of Iowa (FBI) Beginning Beekeeping Course
Instructor: FBI members, slated by the week
When: Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm, Feb. 5 through March 26, 2015 (8 weeks)
Location: Calvary Baptist Church, 2708 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125.
Price: The cost of the course will be free, but for first time beekeepers we require you purchase the book, “First Lessons in Beekeeping” by Keith Delaplane, which will be available for $8.00. A power point presentation provided by Andy Joseph, State Apiarist, follows the “First Lessons in Beekeeping” book that we will use as a course outline. This information will be available the first night of class.
Need more info? Send email to Judy at email@example.com Our club welcomes all levels of beekeepers. Most of us continue to attend the course after the first year, as there is always something new to learn! We are of all ages and willing to help and support all.
From Judy and Rhonda:
Annett Nature Center
15565 118th Ave
If you would like bring a treat to SHARE and your own drink!!
BEE Club Schedule 2014
Sept 25 – Andy Joseph – State Apiarist