Thank you to our hosts Mike, Julie, and Susie and family! We were able to see how to make two different kinds of splits; queen cells capped, uncapped, swarm and supercedure, and chewed out; and discussed all sorts of things.
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.
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.
The Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers meet generally on the third Thursday of the month. Check the Events Page for more locations and other information.
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.