Category Archives: education

Meeting notes for May 2023

Thank you to John (and mom) for hosting . We inspected 4 hives in one hour. Discussion included:

  • managing frames of brand new bare foundation — running a syrup feeder AND giving the queen a place to lay
  • queen cups
  • placement and removal of syrup feeders
  • State Fair entries for adults and kids
  • County Fair possibilities for adults and kids as they relate to beekeeping
  • time to wait for swarm queens to prove out
  • misplaced pollen
  • cleaning propolis and burr comb from frames
  • mite washes and sugar shakes
  • night of the week for meetings
  • hive for community, demonstration, and education
  • honey collections
  • foundations – standard, premier, acorn
  • record keeping

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:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CtzXOo2HrToGQowA1_0qchg_-7H-GY5hMa0hY7FtXT4/edit?usp=sharing

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 generally on the third Thursday of the month. Check the Events Page for more locations and other information.  

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.

Central Iowa Beekeepers Association (CIBA) meets on the third Saturday in January, March, May, July, October, and November.