Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

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Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

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Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about honey bees and the joys of beekeeping, and network with beekeepers of all experience levels. Our speakers each have decades of personal experience with bees and beekeeping, and all enjoy sharing their love of the hobby!

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Registration starts at 8:30am.

Where: The Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd  Ithaca, NY 14850-9510

Registration details:

Pre-registration:  $15 (FLBC Member) or $20 (nonmember)

On-site registration: $20 (FLBC Member) or $25 (nonmember)

To register online with a credit card, click here. To pre-register with a check, download this form. Preregistration ends on January 31, 2015.

Workshop  Topics

Morning topics are held seminar-style, with a break in between.  After the speaker finishes, you will have an opportunity for Q&A.

Basic honey bee biology: an overview of honey bees and how they live, forage, navigate, make honey, and survive from year to year. Speaker: Linda Mizer

Hive equipment and hive types: an overview on the basic hive equipment available for hobby beekeepers. Speaker: Lesli Sagan

Getting started with your bees: How many hives should you have and why? Where do you put them in your county or on your property? Where do you get equipment? How to you get bees? What happens when you get those bees? Speaker: David Hopkins

A year in the bee yard: What should (or can) you do with your bees and when? Speaker: Peter Borst

Frames - the foundation of a good hive: how to assemble the key component of a hive, as well as maintaining your frames to help insure a healthy bee colony. Speaker: Robert Kozlowski

Participants will receive a copy of Penn State Extension's Beekeeping Basics beginner's guide.

We will have light refreshments during the workshop. We recommend you bring a brown bag lunch.

And more!

This year, we will raffle exciting door prizes (including a package of bees ($110 value). In addition, representatives from Hungry Bear Farms will be on-site to equip you!

Questions?  Contact Shelley Stuart ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015 13:29

Bee Order 2015

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For the 2015 season, the club officers have decided to pre-order 40 packages from Dadant. Bee packages differ from nucs in that all you get are bees, not frames or brood. You will have immediate view of the queen, and you should receive bees with fewer pests (mites and small hive beetles). In the spring, we will provide information on how to install packages. Bee packages will cost $110 each, and you can order up to five through the club.

To pay for your bees, send a check payable to "Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club" and mail it to: Marjorie Pryse, 1 Pembroke Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850. We are also trying an on-line payment system for the first time. To pay for your bee package using a credit card, go to and add a bee package to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one package.) If your membership has lapsed, and you need to renew, you can renew online through this link. The online system will walk you through the checkout process.

For members who prefer to obtain a nuc instead, refer to our list of local nuc suppliers that we have online. (We provide this list for your convenience: it does not imply and endorsement of these vendors, and may change through the spring.) You will need to arrange to pick up this nuc yourself, or “nuc-pool” with others.

If you are trying to decide between ordering a package through the club, and a nuc on your own, check out this Nuc Versus Packages comparison list.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:56

Honey Marketing Guide

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If you sell, or want to sell, your honey to others to read this June 2014 publication from Cooperative Extension (pdf file). It answers many questions about processing, licensing, and labeling that you may have.


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