The keynote speaker for our June 7-8-9 bee college in Rifle, Jonathan Lundgren, is a maverick former USDA scientist and whistleblower whose research-based opinions about sustainable farming, pesticides, and pollinators raised the ire of USDA bureaucrats. His first talk will focus on the relationship between modern farming practices, pesticides, and pollinators. The second provides practical solutions. Here are a few links to whet your appetite for his lectures.
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Dr. Lundgren operates his nonprofit ECDYSIS Foundation on a shoestring, and right now he’s desperate for research nucs. I rounded up a few here on the Western Slope. Jon’s going to swing by and pick them up around May 1. You could chip in, too. If you have bees looking for a new home, and if you like tax deductions, and if you want to do some real good, give me a call at 970-984-0419, or email me at [email protected].
We will be using the nucs to support our research program. Traditional, siloed approaches to managing the symptoms associated with hive decline (pesticides, nutrition, varroa, disease, etc) have not effectively stemmed bee declines. We are focusing our solutions on holistic areas of the hive's biology that will simultaneously cure several symptoms, for example hormones, microbiome, and genetics. We also will be conducting a more comprehensive risk assessment of Dicamba against bees.
If you missed Paul Limbach’s 2017 bee college show-and-tell on American Foulbrood, European Foulbrood and chalk brood, breathe a sigh of relief. We roped him into doing it again. This is the most informative bee lecture ever. It happens June 8, in the bee yard. Bring your veil. Paul will also sit on the “Experts Panel” at the bee college. Is there something about bees you just can’t figure out on your own? Ask Paul and the panel. He cuts to the quick and makes it all sound easy.
CSBA has reserved a block of $115 rooms at the Holiday Inn in Silt, 1535 River Frontage Rd., conveniently close to Paul's farm. (970) 876-5100. On a tight budget? Camp for free at Colby Farm (RSVP [email protected]), or shop around online.
Friday, June 7, 2019 -- Colby Farm 4 p.m., 6765 County Rd. 214, New Castle, CO 81647. 970-355-5256.
Potluck with featured speaker Jonathan Lundgren. RSVP for free tent and van camping: [email protected]. BYOB. Soft drinks and burgers on the grill.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 -- Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650
8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and social hour
8:45-9:00 President’s welcome
9:00-9:55 “Ask the experts” panel. Ask them anything!
10:00-10:15 Tina Sebestyen – CSBA Master beekeeper update and awards ceremony
10:35-11:20 Dr. Jonathan Lundgren – Agricultural pesticide risk to pollinators
11:20-12:00 General meeting
12:00-12:45 Catered lunch
12:45-1:45 Dr. Jonathan Lundgren – How to return to ecological agriculture and save our bees
1:50-2:05 Mike Browning, CKP Insurance – Federally subsidized drought insurance for beekeepers
2:05-2:30 Travel to Paul Limbach farm
2:30-4:00 In-hive time at Paul’s – Diseased frame identification, smoker lighting, mite testing, drone-layer hives, queen introductions.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 -- Burning Mountain Pizza and Subs, 1817 Medicine Bow Ct., Silt, CO 81652
6:00 Social hour
7:00 Spaghetti supper. This cook can cook! Served with mead, the wine of kings.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Colby Farm and/or Paul Limbach Farm
9 a.m.-noon. Apprentice Level Master Beekeeper field exams. Hands-on workshops for Apprentice and Journeyman Level Master Beekeeper participants. More practical help and instruction for those who want and need it.
OR (Take your pick!)
9 a.m. Join fellow beekeepers for a luxuriating soak at the Glenwood Hot Springs pool. Don’t forget your swimsuit.
Register now for early bird discount!
And now, a heartwarming story from the Pueblo Chieftain. Check it out: pueblochieftain.co.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1f55d4127.
Last, but not least, club membership dues to CSBA are due May 1. Club officers, you’ll get a notice, hopefully later this week. For the price of a latte and a scone, your members get to be members of CSBA. Such a deal.
Take care of your bees. Take heart. Life is neither bad, nor good. It’s what you make it
Thank you for being a member.
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