M.E.A. McNeil is a Master Beekeeper, journalist and organic farmer. She is a nonfiction and fiction writer. Her novel, Bee Club, will be published this year.
Michael Joshin Thiele, Founder and President of Apis Arborea, has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University & New York University, consulted for the USDA, and in 2006 developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture. Thiele founded Apis …
Of all colony loss causes, queen issues are second only to varroa… and while controlling mites is critical, it's almost as important for beekeepers to maintain sufficient queen resources to sustain our apiaries. In this this presentation, Greg will cover the why, when, and some of the hows to make …
September is our annual picnic! We have a lot to celebrate as a club. Come out to Jim’s wonderful ranch and enjoy fantastic food, camaraderie and bee chat! Jerry will be grilling up his famous Teriyaki Chicken and Sue will fix Cherry Chipotle baby back ribs and Tofu steaks. We'll also have honey tastings and a sell/swap table.
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This month, we'll have a panel discussion about preparing your bees for fall and winter. You’ll get advice from experienced members Sue Donahue, Catherine Edwards, Joan Houston, Andre Kruglikov and Alan Pryor. Bring your questions and ask the experts!
Join us in-person for a video presentation by Michael Palmer, “Sustainability through Vertical Beekeeping”. Michael has kept bees for nearly 50 years. He currently resides in St. Albans Vt. where his operation produces honey and bee colonies. About 25 years ago when raising queens, he had an epiphany. He will share his insights with us at the meeting.
Note the early start time of 6:45 PM.
Our speaker will be BioFuel Oasis co-founder Jennifer Radtke on the topic of Swarm Prevention in Early Spring.
Jennifer has over 19 years of beekeeping experience. She’s been teaching beekeeping classes for 13 years, and has published several articles in the American Bee Journal. She’s also a former Vice President of the ACBA and the author of a book on Bay Area beekeeping.
Swarm pressure is very high for overwintered hives in the Bay Area. The back & forth weather of February/March make it difficult to inspect the hive regularly. Jennifer has only had a hive swarm once in the last 10 years & she's excited to share her strategies for preventing swarms (& keeping the neighbors happy)!
Everyone is welcome at the meeting, including beginners. It's a great way to meet people who can help you on your beekeeping journey. We hope to see you there!