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May 2018

Camp Beez Kneez Overwintering Nucs: Managing Sustainable Apiaries Utilizing Nucleus Colonies

May 19 - September 15

This is a new class offering this year from The Beez Kneez for experienced beekeepers. After several years of experimenting with the models of self-sustaining apiaries promoted by the likes of Mike Palmer and Kirk Webster, we have learned a lot and experienced improved success in our own operations! Join us for a one of a kind, hands-on learning experience utilizing nucs to meet the ultimate goal of having a self sustaining apiary. Taught by professional beekeepers Yuuki Metreaud of…

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June 2018

Never Buy Bees Again!

June 30
Camp Beez Kneez Teaching Apiary Inver Grove Heights, MN + Google Map

Sustainable Northern Beekeeping:  Improving Survival and Replacement Costs— "By making some shifts in management strategies and focus, small-scale beekeepers can move to self-sustaining operations that support their local bee communities." — Dr. Meghan Milbrath Camp Beez Kneez is honored to partner with Dr. Millbrath for a special beekeeping workshop focused on working within our local beekeeping community to foster sustainable systems and locally adapted bees. The workshop is taught by Dr. Meghan Milbrath of Sand Hill Apiaries and Michigan State…

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July 2018

In-Hive Demonstration

July 10, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
U of M Demo Hives, 1634 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN United States
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The demonstration will be held at the bee yard behind the Bee Lab (1634 Gortner, St. Paul, MN) at 6pm, before the regular MHBA meeting. All members are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend: Bring your protective equipment. A bee veil is required. Veils will NOT be provided, and you will NOT be admitted to the demonstration without one. Parking is not available at the Bee Lab. The Bee Lab is about 3 blocks from the MHBA meeting in…

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July Member Meeting

July 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Borlaug Hall – Room 335, 1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
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Blane White, with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will share his knowledge about using nucs to move toward sustainable beekeeping, and an update on the National Honey Bee Health Survey. A discussion will follow. mda.state.mn.us/licensing/licensetypes/apiaryprogram.aspx

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Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

July 20, 8:30 am - July 22, 10:30 am CDT
U of M, St. Paul Campus St. Paul, MN 55108 + Google Map

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Successful Queen Rearing Short Course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the…

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