Category Archives: education

Feb. 2017 club meeting: Pesticides

We had Mark Lohafer speak about his experience with the IDALS Pesticide Bureau. I appreciated his honesty and the time he took for each person asking a question.

Below are my notes, as well as a handout I made in response to students inquiring about keeping hives near conventionally farmed land. After this meeting, I feel that I will be able to respond better on department activity when asked by students and make informed decisions on hive placement.

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Pesticide Reporting Resources

Beginning Beekeeping classes — sign up now for 2017

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.

des moines area classes 2017

July meeting notes

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

irish honey
Jenny brought three Irish honeys to sample.
des moines backyard beekeepers robber screen
Mike shows his DIY robber screen
des moines backyard beekeepers varroa mite check
Doyle demonstrates a mite check

Upcoming events

Our club

The Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers meet roughly on the first Thursday of the month. Check the Events Page for more locations and other information.

Many of us will be at the IHPA Annual Meeting on Nov.  11 and 12, 2016. There will most likely be one more meeting in 2016.  

Other clubs

The Friendly Beekeepers of Iowa (FBI) meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from March through October at 6:30 pm. with a speaker or a roundtable discussion. Meetings are held at Calvary Baptist Church,  2708 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125. Contact is Judy Spence.

Central Iowa Beekeepers Association (CIBA) meets on the third Saturday in January, March, June, and September for dinner and meeting followed by program at the Bonanza located at 5029 N.E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA. Contact is Arvin Foell.