2017 CSA on Hold.

Summer Beekeeping Classes

Summer Beekeeping Classes

NO CSA PICKUP THIS WEEK

The weather this year has been really rough on the bees. Most of the hives built up slower than usual and didn't end up producing honey. The hives that were big never brought in a strong nectar flow. The heavy rain washed away the pollen and nectar, and the up and down temperatures caused the bee populations to remain small.

I have collected only about 1/5 of what I usually bring in for an entire year. And the cool weather we are having now means the collection season is essentially over. There isn't any honey for the CSA right now, and I'm concerned there won't be any in the weeks to come.

The CSA is essentially on hold until I can figure out the next move. In beekeeping, as is all agriculture, your success or failure depends greatly on the weather. I'm working on a few new ideas, and I will let you know how they turn out as soon as I can. I hope that you can understand this situation.

Nuc Waiting List.

Mad Urban Bees is offering Five-Frame Nucleus Hives (Nucs) in May of 2017. The queens in these nucs are Carniolan- Itallian hybrids and are all Varroa survivors.

Sign up for the Nuc waiting list below. You will be emailed as soon as the 2018 nucs become available.

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These nucs will be ready to install and are an easy way for new beekeepers to get hive a going. Nucs are great way to start for beginners, they work well for hives with undrawn comb, and a great way to replace winter losses. Bee colonies in nucs can start foraging immediately and build faster.

Learn about honeybees and urban beekeeping with Nathan Clarke, founder and owner of Mad Urban Bees. Find out how to start and tend a beehive in your own backyard. He will share facts about honeybees and what they need to survive in an urban environment.

Two Classes to Choose From:

  • Sunday, February 10, 2017
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sign up today!